There has been a lot of speculation as to what kind of storyline would be featured in the film we’ve been calling Terminator 5, the film currently under development by Paramount, Skydance and Annapurna Pictures, which is currently being written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. For the most part—and especially due to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s claimed involvement, everyone assumed it would be a direct sequel to at least The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (and possibly even the terrible Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation films). Not so, according to a new press release—instead, the three production companies are unleashing an all new reboot trilogy. Because if there’s one thing the world needs even more than unnecessary sequels, it’s unnecessary reboots of classic films.
Further, it seems the new trilogy’s first entry, to be released in 2015, will be a reboot of the franchise’s original film, The Terminator. Check out the press release:
Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.
Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.
Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.
As /Film notes, there’s an interesting lack of Schwarzenegger’s name in that press release, leading one to assume one of two things—he’s not going to be involved, despite statements to the contrary; or, he will be involved, but has yet to put anything on paper. Thought it would be hard to imagine the visibly older actor appearing as a cyborg in these films in any capacity.
What do you think—do you want a Terminator reboot?