Megan Ellison

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

It seems that every once in a while we get some non-consequential news about Terminator 5, because after four movies and a TV show there’s still a lot of ground to cover on a story that technically ended after the second movie.

So it goes like this: Megan Ellison, producer of recent indie flicks like Paul Thomas Anderson’s The MasterKathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly, bought the rights to Terminator for something like $20 million. So naturally, she’s going to want to get some kind of return on investment by getting a movie into production soon.

But after getting the blessing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even signing a director in the person of Fast & Furious auteur Justin Lin, it seems that development on a fifth Terminator went nowhere fast, and Lin eventually bailed. But don’t worry, because there’s a new producer now on board to oversee the project, and I’m sure nepotism has nothing to do with his hiring.

Deadline is reporting that Megan Ellison has hired brother David Ellison to produce Terminator 5. Now David does have some impressive creds overseeing Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol through his Skydance Productions as well as the upcoming Jack ReacherWorld War Z, G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness and Jack Ryan. So I guess he knows something about franchise management, and working under the gun (so to speak), but does he have what it takes to get another Terminator to theaters everywhere?

Oh, and speaking of deadlines, Terminator has to get rolling before 2019, because according to new copyright rules that’s the year the rights for the franchise will revert back to James Cameron, and unless there’s someway he can turn Terminator into Avatar there’s not going to be anymore evil robots from the future trying to kill Sarah Connor.

So good luck David Ellison. We eagerly await the next update.

Source: Geek Tyrant

After the success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin got handed an offer only a fool wouldn’t take: a chance to direct the next Terminator movie. The chance to sit behind a camera and carry on James Cameron‘s tale of the Robopocalypse. He’d be a fool to not take the gig, right?

Well, it looks like Lin has opted out of the director’s chair in favor of another ride to Diesel town, with Fast Six. Why in da hell would Justin pass on this kind of opportunity?

Well…producer Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s decided to start production on another Terminator flick earlier than expected. They want a flick in 2012 and that doesn’t work for Lin. He’s committed to doing  Fast Six in 2012.

One of the reasons Ellison and Schwarz want production to move fast and furiously (badum tish) is because of legality rights. Typical, boring, legal shit. Goes something a little like this:

“One of the caveats involved in the rights deal with Pacificor (which spent $29.5 million to win the rights in bankruptcy court) is that certain rights revert back to Cameron due to a stipulation in copyright law that if you assign your rights, you get them back in 35 years. Cameron assigned his rights to Hemdale (NOT the black guy from ‘Thor’), and the North American rights will revert back to him in 2018. Even that part of the story has gotten intriguing: While Cameron washed his hands of the Terminator franchise years ago, his close friend Schwarzenegger has dragged him into a brainstorming meeting or two, even though he is not officially involved.”

So, if they can’t get the Terminator back into a theaters before 2018, James Cameron will own the shit outta that cyborg’s organic ass (Again). That and Arnold will no longer be able to fit into his garter belt without a jar of grease and two days prep. Seems fair.

According to Deadline: all that’s been done so far is that Lin, Schwarzenegger, and Ellison have discussed the best way to approach another Terminator movie. They figure “a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet” would be a move in the right direction.

Well it’s a start, but holding out on us for another movie about fucking cars and Vin Diesels pecks!? Men and their cars, I’ll never understand it.

Via: Geek Tyrant

Justin Lin and Hollywood producer Megan Ellison are working to get another Terminator movie happening. Is this a good thing? Who knows.

MovieHole spoke with Lin about this Terminator project and about the possibility of bringing Sarah Connor back into the mix.

[The Terminator franchise has] gone through a change in ownership and I have a very clear idea because I’m a huge… There’s huge part of my life when I was a kid, I love that franchise and I have a very clear idea of what… If they’re going to do another one what that would be. And also, I think the other element that’s necessary is to really find the right group of people to execute that.

So again, I have my criteria set and if it’s not right, I shouldn’t make it. I think a lot of the stuff has been very good, we’ll see how everything fleshes out on that end too.

About working with Ellison and meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Yeah. Megan [Ellison]‘s been great and I sit down and talk to Arnold and stuff and we’ll have to see. I mean it’s very early on. There’s no script or anything like that. But it’s actually really good to be able to kind of articulate, and someone like Arnold obviously such… He’s so integral to do the franchise, to be able to have that kind of this close with him also…. I think that you know if the right version, if you go back to the thematic drives of the first one especially, I think that’s a way to be able to reengage with that franchise.

Perhaps this interview was really badly transcribed, but what it sounds like there is Lin is making a comment about Schwarzenegger’s ability to articulate himself. Or maybe it’s just the racist in me. Whatever.

Moving on to Lin’s thoughts about having Sarah Connor back in the game:

I mean, Sarah Connor is such a big part of the franchise, you know. Yeah, I mean I’ve always been surprised how in part 3 she was just like… It was like one line and she was gone…. like leukemia and… But I think the great thing about this franchise is you have… You can actually have different canons because you have the element of time travel. So, there’s a way of kind of respecting all the works but also able to create a new time line.

Any thoughts on Lin’s capabilities and where this franchise should go, guys?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Terminator 5

So who would’ve thought that despite the futuristic nature of it’s content that we’d still be hearing and talking about the Terminator franchise??  It just goes to show ya…nothing really ever dies in Hollywood. So with this said, it’s no surprise that there are talks of making more Terminator films.

Megan Ellison‘s company Annapurna Pictures has won the rights to make “at least two more films” as was recently announced.  They are now going to be the producers behind Justin Lin and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s potential Terminator sequels.

Now, knowing that the Terminator franchise has always been independently owned adds another interesting element to this news with Ellison’s company beating out bigger competition from the likes of Lionsgate. The independent company is responsible for films such as The Wettest County in the World, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, and Kathryn Bigelow’s tentatively-titled Kill Bin Laden.

So how are you guys feeling about this news??  Are you ready for more Terminator or should this be left as a thing of the past? Personally, I think the first film really covered everything worth covering with the concept, and everything else just feels redundant.

Source: Deadline