It probably goes without saying that I love 'True Lies'. Love love love love love. Whenever a James Cameron discussion breaks out -- which is surprisingly often in my social circles -- I am as likely to bring up 'True Lies' as an example of his directorial mastery as anything else, including 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (one of my favorite films of all time) and 'Avatar'. I actually think 'True Lies'' canny mix of humor, over-the-top superspy action, and genuine suspense was in many ways a more difficult assignment than T2's relentlessness and 'Avatar''s digital wizardry (putting aside the purely technological challenges of the latter). These days, it is probably the movie most likely to stay my hand when I am flipping channels.

There has, of course, been talk of a sequel almost since the original film premiered 16 years ago (?!). (Here's an article from back in 1999, shortly after 'Titanic'.) Much to Tom Arnold's chagrin, nothing came of it. But far from being dead, the would-be franchise is about to be resurrected as a television show, with Cameron as producer. No cast has been announced yet, though the project has a showrunner in the form of TV vet Rene Echevarria. Echevarria also worked on Cameron's only previous small-screen foray 'Dark Angel', which lasted two seasons and, you may recall, gave the world Jessica Alba.*
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