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“I’ll Be Back” Indeed: Terminator 5 Hires Writers, Is Actually Happening


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.

(via: Deadline)

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  • http://twitter.com/equustel Ali Miller

    I’m so nervous about this. Terminator is, and always has been, one of my very favorite sci-fi stories… Terminator Salvation almost killed the franchise with its poor rendering of the mythology and I don’t know if I can manage another franchise-killing disappointment.

    In a perfect world, they’d hire Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz to write this. Alas…

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Megan, nooooo! I was so pleased with you for getting The Master and Zero Dark Thirty made!

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Pretty sure T3 already dumped the franchise into a steel foundry.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Right?! The Master, Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty… Terminator 5. One of these things is not like the other…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brown/100003806213451 Mark Brown

    Preferably as a follow-up/conclusion to the Sarah Connor Chronicles.

  • willam

    There’s a lot of people that read reviews and read comments towards other movies and if there say its bad , well it gets suck in there head and they think its bad , sheap use are , salvation is and was a great movie because it expanded the mythology of the terminator franchise T3 dident but it is a good film , Arnold acting performance was great kristina lokens performance was superb the costume design for all the characters was great , the screen play the action , just because in most cases it dident provide much new science fiction to the realm of terminator just because it featured some what of a slow start introducing the characters dosent mean its bad. however which ever way you want to pitch it most of use are sheep with no real individual choices or conclusion on what you! really like or enjoy . I’m sure T5 will be great i only wish they would film two movies back to back .

  • Anonymous

    In my reclusive imaginary world, only two Terminator movies exist :