Running Man 2? Here’s What Arnold Has To Say

Since returning to his acting career after a few years in politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger has talked quite a bit about rejuvenating his former glory by doing sequels to films from his past. He has already completed work on the upcoming Terminator: Genisys, but in the past couple years he has also talked about the return of characters like Conan and Julius Benedict. Now it looks like we may soon be able to add Ben Richards to that list, as Schwarzenegger has been hinting at a new Running Man movie.

The Austrian-born actor is currently in London, and it was while speaking during a Q&A that he revealed talks of a possible Running Man 2 in the works. According to Digital Spy, Schwarzenegger didn't exactly elaborate on what might be happening with the property or if he is actually attached to a project, but he did say that there have been rumblings about a return to the 1987 sci-fi film. This comment was looped in with a lot of other talk about in-development sequels, including The Legend of Conan (the actor saying. "It's an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the franchise. This is really wild") and the Twins sequel, Triplets (the script for which Schwarzenegger says he's read the first draft).

For those unfamiliar with the film, The Running Man - directed by Paul Michael Glaser and based on the novel by Stephen King - is set in the year 2019 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wrongly convicted cop who is given the chance to run for freedom by taking part in a reality television show called "The Running Man". The danger rests in the fact that he and his fellow "contestants" are being hunted down to be killed in horrific fashion, all for a captive audience's entertainment. In a world where reality television is still big and the Hunger Games franchise cleans up at the box office, it's not a huge surprise that a studio might be interested in bringing the property back for a Running Man 2.

Going further in the Q&A, Schwarzenegger made reference to the fact that Harrison Ford is going to be playing Han Solo again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, noting that opportunities to bring back characters are rare. But Ford may not be necessarily be the best role model for him going forward. After all, the last time that Harrison Ford returned to a character was for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is widely regarded as the weakest movie in that franchise and led many to wonder if it should have been brought back at all. Of course, The Running Man isn't exactly as highly regarded as the Indiana Jones series, so there certainly is less of a risk.

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