With the bizarre, 80s nostalgia-fest 2015 viral video Kung Fury now being made into a feature film, who better to get a role in the film than perhaps the biggest star of the 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger? That’s exactly what’s happened, as Schwarzenegger has signed on to join Michael Fassbender in the film.
The Kung Fury short became a record-breaking hit having been developed on Kickstarter before going on to gain over 40 million views worldwide. Original short director David Sandberg is returning to helm the feature, in which Fassbender will star as the titular Kung Fury, “the greatest damn cop of all time”.
He has assembled a police force known as Thundercops to defeat Adolph Hitler (yes, really), until a mysterious new villain arises to aid Hitler and his quest for the ultimate weapon, sending Kung Fury on a journey through space and time itself.
So, yeah. Anyone that’s seen the short knows that this feature will be absurd, and probably unnecessary, and likely a hodgepodge of 80s references, surrealism and David Hasselhoff cameos. Still, with Fassbender and now Schwarzenegger signed on, and with 80s nostalgia currently permeating pop culture like never before, it will probably be a big deal of some sort.
Cameras are expected to start rolling this summer, and the film is being produced by David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith and Aaron Schmidt. Why is this significant? They are the same people who produced IT, which was set when? The 1980s. It all comes full circle.