Terminator 5: Arnold vs. The Rock?

Dwayne Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, he did say he’d be back. And he’s been back. And back. And back again. And if he has his way, he’ll be back for another “Terminator” movie.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie career is like his most iconic role — it can’t be terminated. Especially when he’s starring in a movie with the word “Terminator” in the title. After the massive flop of his big comeback action movie “The Last Stand”, it makes sense for Arnold to be looking for something safer. Say, another “Terminator” movie.

Dwayne JohnsonArnold himself has said that the producers of the “Terminator” franchise want him to come back, with production on the fifth entry set for early 2014 with him fully involved. So what would be the plot of that fifth movie, and what kind of role would Arnold play? Not the Terminator, as it turns out.

WWE Examiner (via Huffpo) thinks they might have the answer to those two questions:

A source close to the project says one idea being considered for the film could throw fans of the Terminator franchise for a loop. According to the scenario outlined, T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor’s parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor. Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.

If true, this would pit Arnold against The Rock in a movie set in the ’40s or ’50s. Now that’s an idea. Arnold is definitely getting up there in terms of age, so making him human again (though still allowing him to kick plenty of ass) would be a good way to get around that whole aging thing.

By the way, this wouldn’t be the first time the two have been in a movie together. There was this quick scene in The Rock’s 2003 movie “The Rundown”: