Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Governator" sells internationally

Austrian-American, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, poses for photographers during the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market), Monday, April 4, 2011, in Cannes, southern France. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in Cannes for the first time in eight years to unveil a new international television series "The Governator." AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for photographers during the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market), Monday, April 4, 2011, in Cannes, France.
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(CBS) Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming animated series, "The Governator," will be shown on TV screens across the globe.

The actor's first foray back into entertainment after his stint as governor of California has been picked up by buyers in Europe and Latin America.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, broadcasters from the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Latin America snatched up "The Governator." Schwarzenegger himself showed a trailer of the animated series at this year's MIPTV (International Television Programme Market), where it was reportedly one of the event's most talked-about projects.

"I've been coming to MIPTV for 25 years, I've made 5,000 half-hours of television and I've never had a reaction to a series like this," Andy Heyward, who is producing "The Governator," told THR.

Though the cartoon sold big, reviews for the series itself were not enthusiastic, according to the report.

One European buyer said, "I was hoping he'd be back with an action series or another film - that's what the market wants."

"The Governator" animated TV series and comic book are set to debut next year. Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee is developing the series and writing the scripts, which will incorporate parts of Schwarzenegger's real life character, with added super powers.

"We're using all the personal elements of Arnold's life." Lee told Entertainment Weekly. "We're using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We're using his kids. We're using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor's office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood."

THR reports that a 3-D feature film is also being planned for 2013.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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