Like his characters in “Fast Five”, director Justin Lin is a wanted man these days. Fortunately there isn’t a musclebound badass like Dwayne Johnson chasing him because of his wanted status. Nope, the only people chasing Justin Lin nowadays are Hollywood studio suits wanting him to direct a movie for them. His name has already been attached to a slew of projects, including that “Highlander” reboot (which he may or may not still be directing, since I haven’t heard much either way since it was announced he would helm it back in 2009). You can now add the “Terminator” sequel to the list of movies Lin MIGHT direct.
The director doesn’t say if he’ll do it, only that he now has the option of taking on the job if he chooses. He tells Omelette (via Collider):
I think one of the great things is that when I got started, no one would return my calls, and now I get a lot of phone calls, which is good. I have options. Terminator was one of my favorite films growing up. And I feel I have a take that I would love to see, and I’ve talked with Arnold and we’ve talked and we’ll see. Again, I would love to do it, but it has to be the right circumstances. It has to be the right people. And there’s other projects too. But I’m in a position now that I can choose more than I could a year ago, two years ago. So that is something that is potentially in my future, but when I get home I will sit down and look at my options and choose what I want to do.
Interesting that he admits to already talking with Arnold, and that he’s already come up with a new “take” on the franchise, which means he’s definitely seriously considering it.
Honestly, at this point I’m not sure I care who directs a “Terminator 5” (or whatever they end up calling it), I just want them to get it RIGHT. One of the reasons why “Salvation” never worked for me was that they gave John Connor a big ass role, but he came across as just so … UNHEROIC. Instead, the hero was essentially Sam Worthington’s wooden cyborg character. If you’re going to give the mythical John Connor that big of a role, either do it right, or don’t even try it.
Lin’s latest, “Fast Five” opens later this month April 29.