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Arnold Schwarzenegger Teams With Korean Gore Master Kim Jee-woon for Lionsgate's "The Last Stand"

The last time Arnold Schwarzenegger made an independent movie, George Deukmejian was the governor of California.

After eight years in office, former Governor Schwarzenegger will return to his roots in Lionsgate's "The Last Stand," which will be directed by Kim Jee-woon.

Kim's most recent film, "I Saw the Devil," was released last year by Magnolia Pictures' genre division, Magnet Releasing. In 2010, IFC Films also released "The Good, the Bad and the Weird" and the now-defunct US arm of Tartan Films released his "A Tale of Two Sisters" in 2005.

The South Korean director is respected for his highly stylized brand of shock and gore, and was the subject of a BAMcinematek retrospective titled "Severely Damaged: The Cinema of Kim Jee-woon,"

There's no start date yet for "The Last Stand;" Lionsgate says the project is being developed "as a starring vehicle for the former California Governor," although the screenplay has already seen two writers (spec writer Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff for rewrite).

However, it doesn't sound like the sort of project that will linger in development. They've brought in a big-gun producer in the form of Lorenzo di Bonaventura and the film "has pre-sold well in several overseas territories already." (The full release is on the jump.)

As to what it's about? Frankly, I'm having a hard time boiling this one into a logline, so here it is straight:

Schwarzenegger will be starring as Sheriff Owens, a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled.  After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members.  He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever.  At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.

Sheriff, sleepy border town, former LAPD, failure, defeat, escape, FBI prisoner, drug kingpin, 200mph, hostage, gang members, face off. It's like the keywords for the entire Carolco library. And Carolco is where Schwarzenegger made his last indie film, "Red Heat," in 1987.

Here's the trailer for "I Saw the Devil," so you can see what Schwarzenegger might be getting into. The film was banned from Korean theaters for scenes that the government said “severely damage the dignity of human values.”

And here's the trailer for "Red Heat."

LIONSGATE TO MAKE LAST STAND

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Star In High Octane Chase Story

Santa Monica, CA, July 12, 2011– LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be making his return to film in THE LAST STAND, which the company is developing as a starring vehicle for the former California Governor. The announcement was made by the President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Joe Drake, and President of Production Michael Paseornek.

Korean action-suspense master Kim Jee-Woon (A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) will direct the film, which is to be based on a spec script by Andrew Knauer that was subsequently rewritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Lionsgate has domestic and international distribution rights, with the film having pre-sold well in several overseas territories already. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be producing the film through di Bonaventura Pictures.

Schwarzenegger will be starring as Sheriff Owens, a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for one of the most daring face offs in cinema history.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger will bring incredible magnetism to this complex but classic role,” explained Drake of the perfect fit between the material and the star. “When he came on the screen in THE EXPENDABLES, it always electrified the audience. In this film, the Sheriff Owens character grapples with some really tough stuff, but ultimately triumphs, and we knew he’d truly elevate this high octane ride.”

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Motion Picture Group Senior Exec VP Rob McEntegart.

Schwarzenegger is represented by CAA, who negotiated the deal on his behalf along with attorneys Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp of Bloom Hergott et al., LLP. Jee-Woon is also represented by CAA.

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