The limited series is split into three parts so as to lay focus on three different crucial phases of his life - Arnold as an athlete, Arnold as an actor and Arnold as an American.
Last Updated: 03.21 PM, May 10, 2023
Legendary bodybuilder, Hollywood superstar and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger's life is set to become the subject of a new documentary. Schwarzenegger will also turn the narrator and take us through his vibrant life that is spread across three episodes as part of a limited docu. series titled Arnold. As the caption of the new poster suggests, the limited series is split into three parts so as to lay focus on three different crucial phases of his life - Arnold as an athlete, Arnold as an actor and Arnold as an American.
Arnold will be directed by Lesley Chilcott (CodeGirl, Waiting for “Superman”) with Allen Hughes serving as the executive producer. The limited series will debut on Netflix on June 7.
This wouldn't be the first time that Arnold Schwarzenegger's life is documented in a feature film. Although not as the central subject, Schwarzenegger was featured as one of the main elements of George Butler and Robert Fiore's seminal 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron. The film, in essence, focused on the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions that famously included Schwarzenegger and fellow Hollywood star/bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno. Although Pumping Iron was initially planned to comprehensively cover the days leading to the Mr. Universe & Mr. Olympia competitions (and the days in between the competitions), Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno are said to have joined the production to help them raise funds. The film would be a box office success eventually and Arnold Schwarzenegger became a household name after that.
However, Schwarzenegger would achieve international fame and recognition as an actor through his titular role in John Milius' 1982 film Conan the Barbarian, which he followed up with a sequel in 1984. It was around this time that he was cast in arguably his most famous role to date, The Terminator, by James Cameron and becomes one of the most bankable stars of his generation. Some of his other box office successes include Commando (1985), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Jingle All the Way (1996).
The upcoming Netflix documentary Arnold is also likely to focus on Schwarzenegger's successful political career which, although began quite early on during his acting career, was kick-started when he was elected the Governor of California in 2003.