Just as promised, the Terminator will be back. Progress on Terminator 5 has been on-again, off-again for the past couple of years, but now it’s picking back up with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they’ve collaborated on a couple of things that haven’t made it to the screen yet. Seperately, Lussier is best known for the Nic Cage thriller Drive Angry, while Kalogridis’ credits include Shutter Island, Alexander, and Avatar. More details after the jump.

A couple of years back, Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison paid a whole bunch of money to get the Terminator rights. It seemed like an odd but intriguing fit at the time, since the company’s better known for prestige pics and indies like The Master, Lawless, and Zero Dark Thirty. For a while it looked like Justin Lin (Fast Five) would direct, but the project lost some steam when he backed out due to scheduling issues. Then, Ellison got things moving again by teaming up with her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness) to help get the movie together. That move seems to have given the project some fresh momentum.

Kalogridis and Lussier were hired not long ago by Ellison (David, that is) to write an original sci-fi adventure based on an idea by Skydance. He must have liked what he saw from them, because that led to their landing the coveted Terminator 5 gig. Kalogridis and Lussier have also previously joined forces on CBS’ reboot of Sam Peckinpah’s The Rifleman.

It’s worth noting that Kalogridis has a relationship with Cameron that stretches back several years. She was an executive producer on Avatar, and has been involved with the developing projects The Dive, Fantastic Voyage, and Battle Angel. Kalogridis’ other works include the TV series Birds of Prey and Bionic Woman, and she’s a producer on the upcoming Channing Tatum film White House Down. Lussier’s directorial credits include My Bloody Valentine, Drive Angry, and Dracula 2000; the latter two were also written by him.

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