Yesterday we found out that Warner Bros. is trying to remake Gremlins, and now comes the news that writers have been hired for a fifth Terminator movie. Everything’s coming up ’80s this week. If some chucklehead announces that Gore Verbinski’s now-defunct (thank God) Clue remake is back on, I’m going to seriously consider jumping off a building.
The writers hired to pen the fifth Terminator movie are Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The former’s writing credits include Shutter Island (good), the short-lived Bionic Woman TV show (appropriate) and 2004’s Alexander, starring Colin Farrell (urgh). Lussier’s major credits are bad horror movies he directed, though he also wrote and directed the Nicolas Cage vehicle Drive Angry. (Get it? “Vehicle,” because Drive… oh, shut up, I’m not quite awake yet.)
It was a big deal when Annapurna Pictures bought the rights to the Terminator franchise pre-Terminator Salvation. Annapurna founder Megan Ellison is known in the movie world for being super rich and throwing money at things she wants to get made, basically, and she spent a lot of money on the Terminator rights, so I’m not surprised that Annapurna’s so determined to make a fifth movie even though Terminator Salvation didn’t do so well.
I am surprised by the writers they’ve hired, though. Kalogridis and Lussier seem a bit… well, random. It actually makes me a little hopeful that they’re relatively unknown, because it makes me think that maybe they pitched a really good story that’s actually going to bring something new to the franchise instead of pulling a Transformers 4 or something. Needless to say, that might not be the case, and Terminators 5 might end up an utter crapfest.
But hey, if Rise of the Planet of the Apes could be one of my favorite movies of 2011, anything is possible.