Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former California governor, nabbed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for a memoir due out in 2012, reports the Associated Press.
According to Simon & Schuster, the book's working title is "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story." The actor is collaborating with Peter Petre, who has worked on best sellers by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.
Schwarzenegger, who began his career as a champion bodybuilder, started working on the book last year, before his recent split with Maria Shriver and sex scandal.
The financial terms of the book deal were not disclosed but the book is described as "a larger-than-life portrait of his illustrious, controversial and ever-entertaining life in and out of the public eye."
Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their separation after 25 years of marriage on May 9. On May 17, it was revealed that he had fathered a secret child more than 10 years ago. On Wednesday, Mildred Patricia Baena, the family's former housekeeper, was identified by news outlets as the woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son out of wedlock some 14 years ago.
Schwarzenegger has confirmed his infidelity and said in a statement he had apologized to his family.
Shriver, 55, moved out of the couple's mansion near Los Angeles earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger told her he had had an affair with a household staff member who had worked for their family for some 20 years. He did not identify Baena by name. She retired in January.
On July 1, it was reported that Shriver had filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. She reportedly signed the divorce papers on June 18 and filed them at a Los Angeles court on Friday, July 1, according to court documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Shriver cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of her and the 63-year-old actor's sons Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The two also have two adult daughters, Katherine, 21 and Christina, 19.
Schwarzenegger will be making his return to the big screen in the Lionsgate film "Last Stand" and is reportedly filming scenes for the upcoming sequel to "The Expendables."
It is the first major movie role since Schwarzenegger appeared in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" back in 2003, though he did have a small cameo appearance in the 2010 summer blockbuster "The Expendables." The movie is reportedly a Western.