Justin Lin Has Plans for Terminator 5 That May Please Some Fans, Piss Off Others

Depending, that is, almost entirely on how you feel about “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” and “Terminator: Salvation”, the third and fourth entry in the series. According to Justin Lin, who has become an integral part of the series’ revival via the fifth installment, he and Arnold Schwarzenegger have plans for the Terminator, and it might not necessarily take “Machines” and “Salvation” into consideration. In fact, he might just pretend the last two movies didn’t happen entirely.

Lin tells MTV:

I’ve talked to Arnold and I feel like there’s a take that I’m excited about, a ‘Terminator’ movie there that I’ve always wanted to see and I still haven’t seen.

So how is he just going to ignore “Rise of the Machines” and “Salvation”? Lin has a notion or two on that:

I always feel like what’s great about the ‘Terminator’ franchise is that there’s time-travel and there are different timelines to play with. There are also a lot of gaps from what we love about all of the ‘Terminator’ movies, so there’s a lot of things we can do and play with. To me, all of that, I don’t really want to discuss it now. That’s part of the fun of developing. But the bigger questions for me are always the characters and the themes. You want to start there. But obviously, answering your question, [‘Terminator’] does have that capability, finding fresh ways of going back without destroying other [movies], because you can tell your own stories.

By the way, that recent rumor that the entire original cast from the first movie was coming back? Lin says it ain’t gonna happen.

No. I don’t know where that came from. Everything has just been between me and Arnold, you know? Just us going out and trying to find the right partners. I have certain elements, but it’s never been about, ‘Hey, let’s bring everybody back!’ I just don’t process that way. To me, thematically, there are certain things that I want to see in a ‘Terminator’ movie. A lot of that does draw back to creating this timeline that is an extension, closer tonally to the first and second movies. But to me, it’s not as mathematical as, ‘Hey, let’s get everybody back together and we’ll shoot the movie.’

So how exactly is Lin going to juggle something as big as a “Terminator 5” and maintain his gig on “The Fast and Furious 6”, which is currently being fast-tracked by the studio thanks to the mega numbers brought in by “Fast Five”? According to Lin, he’ll know “within the next three or four weeks” where he’ll be spending the next few years — either on “Terminator 5” or prepping for his fourth “Furious” movie.