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Linda Hamilton And Michael Biehn Returning For Terminator 5?

Sarah & KyleTerminator 5 is a very curious project. It’s not like people are really itching to watch a new Terminator film, especially after Terminator Salvation, but there are a few reasons why the next entry in the film franchise might be something worth checking out. We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is supposedly going to be involved in some capacity, but he might not be the only returning cast. The last scuttlebutt hints that both Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn — Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, respectively — might be coming back as well. But how?

The UK’s The Mirror is reporting that Terminator 5 might feature Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn reprising their roles…somehow. I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t Kyle Reese die at the end of the original Terminator film? Didn’t Sarah Connor die in 1997 according to the Terminator timeline?

There is some speculation that Terminator 5 might take place in a new timeline, an alternate reality, just like J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. Hamilton and Biehn’s appearance might also be like Leonard Nimoy’s Spock Prime, and could be more of an extended cameo. Biehn did return for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but his appearance as Kyle Reese was in a short dream sequence. Then again, considering the source is The Mirror, we should probably take these rumors with a huge grain of salt.

The Terminator series is known for jumbling the timeline and its own mythology with Terminator Salvation and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It makes a certain amount of sense that the filmmakers involved with Terminator 5 would opt for a “clean” start rather than trying to maintain all the headache-inducing continuity from the earlier films. How could John Connor send back his best friend to protect his mother in the past when his best friend turns out to be his own father?

At the moment, there is not much known about the plot of Terminator 5. There are rumors that the film might be a prequel set in the 1940s or ’50s. The film would follow Sarah Connor’s parents, who are — you guessed it — targeted for termination courtesy of yet another killer robot sent back from Skynet’s apocalyptic future. In this scenario, Schwarzenegger would allegedly play their human protector. Given that the actor is now 66 years old, they’d be pushing it to have him playing an ageless machine yet again. It sounds like Terminator 5 would be a re-hash of the original Terminator with Schwarzenegger in the Kyle Reese role. God help us all if Schwarzenegger turns out to be the father of Sarah Connor!

Screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier were hired to pen the new screenplay for Terminator 5. Kalogridis’ writing credits include Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and work on James Cameron’s Battle Angel. She also produced Cameron’s Avatar, so she has close ties to the Terminator mastermind. Patrick Lussier was the writer and director of Dracula 2000 and Drive Angry. Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor is set to direct the next Terminator sequel…prequel? Reboot? Whatever.

Terminator 5 will hit theaters everywhere on June 26, 2015. Just remember: there’s no tickling in the future.

Comments

  • Jeremy Cook

    “Especially after Terminator Salvation” – Am I the only one that really liked that movie? I thought it was much better than T3. Granted, I’m a huge Schwarzenegger fan (his picture sits framed in my home office), so I really loved his little cameo.

    I really think they should have done that series instead of T3. They should have definitely told Christian Bale that he didn’t have to do the Batman voice though.

    • Mike Stirton

      I thought Salvation was an awesome movie as well. Absolutely hated T3 with that whiny snivel-ee John and the shitty dialog throughout most of the movie. It was bad on far too many levels…the ONLY thing that redeemed it was the sheer hotness of that chic terminator and the special effects.

      The series was also top notch imo. Pity it was carried by yet another channel that would rather show vapid programs like doctors falling in lust with each other or some damn shit like that. Had it been carried by a real sci-fi oriented channel, it might have lasted a couple more seasons…they killed it just when the story line was really getting interesting. The final episode was a bit disappointing though…THAT would have killed the series completely if they let that story arc continue.

      • Jeremy Cook

        Yeah, I’d always heard good things about Salvation, but I’ve yet to get into it for whatever reason. I kind of hate knowing that it has a crappy ending. Hard to commit to something like that.

  • Armand

    And what’s your issue with Salvation?
    I think your “writers” are having difficulties looking past their own stubby, arrogant noses.
    I guess you think you’re “reviewers” in the same way that anyone at The Mirror is a “journalist”.

    I guess being so stuck up means you don’t get to enjoy your empty little lives so much as the rest of us that can actually watch a decent film without tucking our heads up our own arses.

    Maybe you should try some subjective writing, rather than churning out this opinionated crap and passing it of like something that matters.

    • justdankthx

      You seem bitter.

      Quoted from the bottom of this very page: “Giant Freakin Robot is an independent sci-fi website dedicated to stomping the realms of science fiction. What we do here is intended only as entertainment. Don’t take us too seriously.” In other words, they’re not trying to be journalists. You liked Salvation, fine. I personally hated it, but even if I didn’t, my opinion isn’t the only one that matters, and neither is yours. Pull yourself together, turn the computer off and go outside for a bit. Polite society will still be here when you get back.

  • Speaking Truth

    I don’t like T2. There I said it. Great effects for the time, but the whole PG-13 Terminator doesn’t kill anybody, tries to act human and jokes around, rubbed me the wrong way. The first movie was HARSH and totally bad ass.

    • Doug Denslowe

      I never looked at it that way……..you’re absolutely right!