Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a book deal for a memoir, to be titled "Total Recall," after his agent started the bidding at $5 million, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
Although some publishers shied away from the price tag, Simon & Schuster signed on with the former California governor, according to the story, which doesn’t disclose the final agreement price. The book is due out in October 2012, the article adds.
Some readers may recall that the former “Governator” was embroiled in a scandal shortly after leaving office, when news broke that he had fathered a child outside his marriage to Maria Shriver. It seems likely the incident ratcheted up his price for the book, although it remains to be seen whether Schwarzenegger will really display “total recall” of the affair when the memoir comes out.
Simon & Schuster declined to comment, as did Schwarzenegger’s representative.
The current record holder for a book deal is said to be Tina Fey, who reportedly got $7 million for “Bossypants” from Hachette’s Reagan Arthur Book, the story says.