Terminator 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.