If I close my eyes and pretend that McG’s 2009 “Terminator Salvation” is a movie that isn’t connected to the Terminator mythology, but is just a sci-fi flick about robots fighting humans, it’s a pretty good movie. As a Terminator movie, though, it kinda sucked, and torpedoed the legend of John Connor, which is just unforgivable, especially with Christian Friggin’ Bale in the role.
How do you screw that up? Well, McG and company found a way.
Four years after that debacle, we’re finally getting solid word from Paramount and their partners at Skydance and Annapurna Pictures that a new “Terminator” movie is coming, with a solid release date for the new installment set for June 26, 2015, which means it will be going into production by 2014.
Instead of “Terminator 5”, which would built on the previous 4 movies, the new film will instead be a reboot of the franchise, with the 2015 installment acting as “the first in a stand-alone trilogy”.
The press release doesn’t mention if Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, but the former Governator has certainly been talking up his involvement in the new film, even letting fans know that it will be shooting by early 2014, which jives with what we’re now being told.
Still, if you’re going to reboot the franchise, why would you cling to Arnold Schwarzenegger? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, especially if Arnold’s role is in any major way? (I could understand a cameo, but Arnold doesn’t seem to think that his role is a throwaway cameo ala “Salvation”.)
There is no word on the film’s plot, though Laeta Kalorgridis and Patrick Lussier are still attached to write the screenplay. “Fast and Furious'” Justin Lin was also set to direct, but he’s since bailed on the film. Which leads me to this: now that Lin is no longer doing a “Fast and Furious” movie (he purposefully dropped out of directing “Fast and Furious 7” to do something else), maybe he’s set for a return? I could see it happening. Mind you, not that I’m saying that would be the best thing for the sequel, I’m just saying, it’s a possibility.