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The New Terminator Film Will Actually Be a Reboot Trilogy

News on the upcoming Terminator movie has been vague up to now. We’ve known that siblings David and Megan Ellison are producing, that it has some writers, that it may or may not be a reboot, that Fast Five director Justin Lin was at one point attached but might not be now, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be back for it. Well, like the Terminator himself, the movie just keeps trucking along, and as such we now have some more concrete details.

Namely: A release date. It will be followed by two other Terminators. And, yes, it is a reboot.

Via the press release:

Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

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.

According to Deadline the three films might be two, as the Ellisons only have until 2019 before the rights to the franchise revert back to James Cameron. The press release has no mention of Schwarzenegger’s continued involvement in the franchise; Deadline says he’ll be back (actually it says “Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the title character,” because they’re better able to avoid an “I’ll be back” joke than I), but according to E “the studio [cannot] confirm” the actor’s involvement.

This might be blasphemous of me to say, but… I kind of don’t want him to be in the reboot. The guy hasn’t aged well. It’s possible that he’ll have a smaller role than in the first trilogy (“title character” doesn’t have to mean “main character”), but that reeks of stunt casting and could just be distracting. I wouldn’t object to a cameo, but if you’re giving a franchise a brand new start, why would you keep the same actor?

That said, we know nothing about the content of the film or the extent of Schwarzenegger’s involvement, and whatever role if ends up having (if any) could be written well. Plus it’s not like Megan Ellison’s previous shot at an Arnie-less Terminator did particularly well, so she and David might want to get back to the franchise’s roots with this one.

If the Ellisons are going for a different actor for the lead the only one I will accept is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. There’s been a rumor floating around that he’s being courted to co-star in the film as a Terminator going up a possibly human (?) Schwarzenegger, but the source is the Examiner, meaning it’s not exactly reliable.

But still. The Rock should be the new Terminator. Think about it. You know I’m right.

(via: io9)

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  • Colleen Vanderlinden

    Yup, I’m with you: The Rock is the only acceptable new Terminator.

  • Aaron

    Maybe Title Character implies the Terminator is going to be the bad guy, like he was in the original movie.

  • Sign Ahead

    Jason Momoa would also work for me.

  • Elwyne

    Meh. I’m over the whole reboot fad. The original Terminator is a classic. Terminator II had its moments. The rest are forgettable. And I don’t think I could go for the Rock as the Terminator because one of my favorite features of the Rock is his humor… generally lacking in Terminators.

  • jedi_penguin

    I’m not so excited about rebooting one of my all-time favorite movies, so I might give this movie a pass. If anybody could lure me in, however, it would be Jason Momoa as the Terminator.

  • Nat

    But I liked Terminator: Salvation? Because I got a proper Kate Brewster (at least in the novelization since a lot was cut) and I got John and Kate and I got wee!Kyle…

  • Bittersweet Fountain

    I’m a huge Terminator fan. It’s my second favorite thing of all time (second to Star Wars). My gut instinct to a reboot is a Luke Skywalker-esque “NO! THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE” but if they did reboot it, I wouldn’t want Schwarzenegger anywhere near it. The Terminator movies aren’t great because of him. They’re great because of the concept. They don’t need him, and I think a younger actor would be able to do a much better job.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about T5, but the plot of Terminator 6 will involve sending a terminator unit back in time to stop the Terminator franchise from being rebooted.

  • The Striped Sweater

    I love the idea of a Terminator reboot. The original story was great, but the sequels got a little silly. This way, we can get more Terminator, hopefully without the silly.

  • Anonymous

    I hate the idea! T1 and T2 are great as is–nothing could reproduce the James Cameron-Linda Hamilton-Arnold Schwartzenegger chemistry. (Not to mention Michael Biehn, Edward Furlong, et al.)

    Is originality officially dead in Hollywood?

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  • Michelle

    No more Arnie, please.

    Terminator is all about Sarah Connor anyway. I loved Sarah Connor Chronicles to bits, and of course Linda Hamilton in T1 and T2. It’ll be hard to match the awesomeness of 80′s action heroines.

  • Robert Vary

    Wait wait wait, let’s think about this. Arnold’s going to be back, playing a character he created decades ago, in a reboot, of a franchise with time travel in it. I predict a Nimoy/Quinto thing happening. A “Nimnto,” if you will.

  • Robert Vary

    Or possibly a “Quimoy.”

  • LifeLessons

    Hmmm… I’m ambivalent, but I would love to see it.

  • Erica M.

    No reboot will ever be able to recreate the pants filling terrifying final chase scene in the original Terminator.

  • Magic Xylophone

    They leave me no choice but to go back in time and kill Ellison’s mom.

  • Niala Terrell-Mason

    Nope. If it doesn’t have Lena Heady or Linda Hamilton this fan is not interested. But if they want to bring back The Sarah Connor Chronicles (with the original cast)? That would be more than acceptable.