We’ve just started getting used to the idea of a proper Terminator 5 around these parts, with screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier pulling screenwriting duties and the original Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, confirming his involvement and a production start. So what’s the most natural bit of news to follow all of that? That the new film will be completely independent of everything we know and love about the franchise. Of course!
Paramount Pictures is joining David Ellison’s Skydance Productions and sister Megal Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures in producing an all-new Terminator trilogy. Not only is this two movies more than we were expecting, but the films will stand alone and won’t necessarily have anything to do with Cameron’s original films, nor the two that followed them. (Take that Rise of the Machines!)
According to the press release, the as-yet-untitled fifth film already has a release date set for June 26, 2015, right in the heart of the summer movie season. Oddly, the film is called a “rebooted Terminator movie,” despite Schwarzenegger’s involvement. It kind of makes sense, because the aging movie star is understandably far beyond the physical form he had in 1991, much less 1984, and the filmmakers wouldn’t need to explain how machines managed to gain weight and wrinkles. (That’s what this franchise is about, right?) But if it’s just a separate story that Schwarzenegger appears in as his original role, why call it a reboot? Audiences are smart enough to understand that not all film sequels have to be directly related.
The reason why they’re shooting for a trilogy is because the film rights will revert back to James Cameron in 2018, and there’s no telling what the director would decide to do with the franchise at that point. Gotsta make that money while they can, you feel me? And if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in the film, you can bet the money will come rolling in. And if any of those dollar bills have John Connor’s face on them, then we know we’re not all boned. Tell us what you think about this decision in the poll below.