Do you feel that everything that needed to be said about the robot apocalypse was addressed in Terminator 1 and 2? Man invents machine. Machines become self aware. Machines rebel. Naked people travel through time. Some guy named John Connor is Jesus. Really, what more needs to be said? Obviously a lot, because Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Salvation happened. If we’ve learned anything from Terminator it’s that Linda Hamilton is perhaps the ugliest woman (Incidentally, she starred in televisions Beauty and the Beast. She played Beast) in the world and that history is doomed to repeat itself.
More shape-shifting robots and Arnold Schwarzenegger bare ass is on it’s way. Well, at least if Arnold, director Justin Lin and screen writer Chris Morgan have anything to say about it.
Since ruining California wasn’t enough Arnie is getting back into acting. To be fair, he did say “I’ll Be Back”! With ‘the governator’ on the prowl deadline is throwing out reports that the hollywood machine is once again going back for sloppy seconds (well sloppy 5ths) in the Terminator franchise. In some kind of asshole name drawing contest Universal, apparently, wants Fast Five director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan to tap into the world James Cameron started, which McG later ruined.
Deadline’s story really doesn’t have much else on the subject. There’s no guarantee that Schwarzenegger would return, Lin has a commitment to Summit to direct the new Highlander and the franchise doesn’t even have a deal in place with a distributor. So this is all hollywood hootenanny.
If a film were to happen, it might be draw from the treatments by co-founder of Terminator, William Wishe that McG had in the pipeline if Salvation, ya know… not tanked, Here’s how Deadline describes those treatments:
His version continued the post-apocalyptic battleground scenario from Terminator Salvation, but added in the element of time travel. There was a reunion for Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese beyond their brief encounter in the original, and a role for Schwarzenegger in the finale. There were also plenty of hi-tech killers, including a swarm of “Night Crawlers,” 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line in Wisher’s version are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode, and are more lethal than anything seen in previous Terminator installments. The blueprint also set out a resolution in mankind’s struggle with Skynet.
The world does not need another Terminator film. Besides, every company that has produced a Terminator film has gone bankrupt. Won’t they learn? Personally, my vote for an 80’s revival should go to Red Heat and Kindergarten Cop.