A few weeks ago we reported that Terminator 5 was a go, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be starring in the film. Today, we have a slightly different story. Below, is the official press release from Skydance Films and Paramount Pictures, that state Terminator is now going to be an official reboot, and the first part of a trilogy.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.
Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.
Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.
None of this says that Schwarzenegger is involved at all, though he’s been on record saying he’s returning to the franchise. I’m all about new Terminator films, as long as they don’t involve McG. It looks like 2015 is going to be a big year. Adding Terminator to a mix filled with: Avengers 2, Hunger Games 3.5, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates 5, Jurassic Park 4, the list goes on.
Terminator will premiere on June 26th, 2015. As more news comes in, we’ll keep you posted here at DFAT!