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It may not be doing Jurassic World business, but I’m sure that some of you, in spite of yourselves, have already seen Terminator: Genisys. You may have questions, like, how does Jai Courtney keep getting work? Or, why is the mean guy from Whiplash now more Mulder than Mulder? But seriously, there were a lot of left over questions from the film, presumably to encourage the audience to be proactive and ask so that we then start demanding a sequel. Mission: accomplished? Hard to say. I guess we’ll find out when the final box office numbers are tallied on Sunday afternoon, but if you’re one of those obsessive types that just can’t wait for answers, the Genisys screenwriters offer an answer. (more…)

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When James Cameron made The Terminator in 1984, he was under the gun to complete a complex and ambitious film shoot on a limited budget. Heck, even working on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was facing doubters as the budget for that film ballooned and its complicated digital effects had yet to be tested before an audience. Still, a brand name is a brand name, and Hollywood loves a brand name, so even without Cameron, people have been trying to make mo’ money off Terminator, as evidenced by the upcoming and oddly spelled Terminator: Genisys. But what does Cameron himself think of the new film? Is he okay with it, is he concerned about it tarnishing his legacy, and will he do more Terminator in the future with an important deadline concerning rights pending? (more…)

Taylor to Move On From Thor to Terminator?

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The scuttlebutt has been good for the upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World, which suggests that director Alan Taylor was able to capitalize on the promise of the first film and potentially deliver something great. But can he do it again? Paramount Pictures and Annapurna Pictures are hoping so as Variety is reporting that Taylor has signed up to direct the next installment of the Terminator series, another franchise with potential, but one that needs even more help than Thor.

To recap the situation, Paramount and Annapurna are the latest companies to acquire the Terminator rights and try to launch a compelling film series that might capitalize on the two, original James Cameron-filmed Terminator movies. For a while it seemed that Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin would get the job done, but out of a list that reportedly included Ang Lee, Rian Johnson and Denis Villeneuve, it seems that Taylor has emerged victorious.

But what sort of Terminator will Taylor make? There was a script by Laeta Kalorgridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) that, according to rumor, was about a terminator (to be played by Dwayne Johnson) who is sent back in time to the 1950s to kill Sarah Connor’s parents, and the Good Samaritan (to be by played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who comes to their aid. It’s unknown how true that rumor is, but Taylor could either proceed with that story (if it is true), or throw out any current script development and start again from scratch.

Along with Thor: The Dark World, Taylor has directed the films Palookaville, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Kill the Poor, along with several episodes of Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Mad Men and Homicide: Life on the Street.

What do you Bastards think? Excited to see what Taylor can do with Terminator? Are you even excited about another Terminator movie at all? Sound off below.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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Terminator 5 news seems to keep coming in at a pretty good clip, which adds fuel to the speculation fire that a new Terminator film may truly be coming soon to a theater near you. But who might star as the new killing machine from the future (or in the future as the case may be)?

We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to return to the franchise (I would say “confirmed” but that confirmation came from an Arnold fan site quoting a throw away line at a conference in Austria, so we’ll stick with “rumored”), but in what capacity might Schwarzenegger appear? Could he still pull off “killing machine” despite the fact that he’s now cashing social security checks? No comment. But who else might realistically play a killing machine from the future? Perhaps another athletic actor with extensive upper body strength? Of course, he’d also have to be an actor with a background in saving franchises from themselves.

Enter Dwayne Johnson. He’s had a film in the Top 10 at the box office every week since February, so is he right man who could terminate the line of terrible Terminator films? Well the WWE Examiner (via AICN) seems to think they have a case. The Examiner says that Johnson will be taking a powder and missing Wrestlemania 30 next April in New Orleans because the artist formally known as The Rock will be filming T5. Here’s the excerpt from the site:

The script is now being developed and with one fellow action movie star in mind for the role of T5’s most sinister machine. A source close to Annapurna Films exclusively tells WWE Examiner Friday morning that one version of the script is being produced specifically for The Rock himself.

As for the plot, that is interesting. Apparently, with Johnson playing the new Terminator, the script by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier has a very different role in mind for Schwarzenegger, and it will be one that either intrigues fans or infuriates them I think. Prepare for spoilers in…

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A source close to the project says one idea being considered for the film could throw fans of the Terminator franchise for a loop. According to the scenario outlined, T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor’s parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor.

Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.

It’s plausible. Considering the mess that is Terminator Salvation, maybe the only way they could continue the series was to go further back in time. But time will tell whether any of this is true or not.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Is Arnie In For ‘Terminator 5: So Very Tired?’

At the end of last year came news that sibling producers Megan and David Ellison had snatched up the rights to the Terminator franchise. Last week came word that a pair of unlikely screenwriters –  scribe Laeta  Kalogridis and Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier – were hired to pen the script. But of course this a Terminator film, and the question lingers: will the original Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, “be back,” as they say, in Terminator 5?

It was a question put to Schwarzenegger while doing press for his latest film, The Last Stand. Bleeding Cool were the ones who asked it, and while they didn’t have a quote to back up the assertion, Schwarzenegger is reported to have replied in the affirmative. It’s not so much of a surprise really, Ah-nuld was previously attached to a version of T-5 in 2011 when Fast & Furious auteur Justin Lin was going to direct, but since then the actor’s heard as much as the rest of us about the project.

So do you think it’s true? Well, if it wasn’t before it’s pretty likely to now. The Last Stand tanked over the weekend, finishing at the bottom of the Top 10 at the box office. The last time Schwarzenegger took a box office hit that bad, he went screaming back to the Terminator franchise and made Rise of the Machines, right before he launched his political career as Governor of California. When Arnold gets in trouble, he heads back to Terminator country. Expect something official soon.

Source: /Film

Kalogridis and Lussier Penning ‘Terminator 5’

Sigh. Okay, so here we go again…

As previously reported, sibling film producers Megan Ellison and David Ellison announced late last year their intention to team-up to make a fifth Terminator movie. Well, one good team-up deserves another, I guess. It’s been announced that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and filmmaker Patrick Lussier will be putting their heads together to generate a new script.

Both writers are accomplished in their own, unique ways. Kalogridis wrote the pilots for Birds of Prey and the Bionic Woman remake, the screenplays for Alexander, Shutter Island, and James Cameron’s Battle Angel, and served as an executive producer on Avatar. Lussier, meanwhile, began as a film editor (for Wes Craven particularly) before graduating to directing the Dracula 2000 films, the My Bloody Valentine remake, and the exploitation-themed Drive Angry, which he also co-wrote. Currently, Lussier is developing Halloween III.

So what do we know about the storyline? Uh… Well, back when Justin Lin and Chris Morgan were on the project, directing and writing respectively, they intended their film to be a sequel to Terminator Salvation. Since then there’s been talk of a reboot, but a deal for that pitch was never picked up by the studio. The only thing we do know is that Megan Ellison has promised that the rating will be R, story details are, as they say, in the ether.

Still, the teaming up of Kalogridis and Lussier is, at least, interesting. I’d like to hear what they come up with before I’ll completely write-off going back to the Terminator well, but we’ll see…

More news as it develops.

Source: Collider

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