Annapurna Pictures and producer Megan Ellison bought the rights to the Terminator franchise from James Cameron for $20 million. They have to make a Terminator movie before 2018 when the rights revert back to him. The project is quickly coming together and Ellison has hired two screenwriters to tackle the fifth film in the science fiction/action series.
According to Deadline, screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been hired to write the script for Terminator 5. Kalogridis writing credits include Shutter Island, Pathfinder, and the upcoming Battle Angel for James Cameron. She also produced Cameron’s Avatar and the TV series Birds of Prey for the CW. Patrick Lussier was the writer and director of Dracula 2000 and Drive Angry. This will be the first time they will be working together on a script.
Terminator 5 will be a co-production between Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions, which is owned by the film’s producer David Ellison, Megan Ellison’s brother and producing partner. It is unclear if Arnold Schwarzenegger would appear in the new Terminator film but there has to be some consideration. Schwarzenegger is currently pursuing an acting comeback and will star in the upcoming The Last Stand due in theaters this weekend. The former Governor of California has no plans to return to the Terminator franchise and once called Terminator Salvation “awful.”
Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions have not named a director to helm the new Terminator 5 but at one point, director Justin Lin (Fast Five) was attached to direct the movie. He had to leave the project due to delays and conflicts because of Schwarzenegger’s personal life. But rumors persist that Lin might re-join the Terminator bandwagon in the near future.