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Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures was the one that got the ball rolling on the new Terminator movie in the first place, beating out Lionsgate to pick up the rights back in 2011. And the project’s made some significant progress lately, picking up cast members and a director. But as pre-production comes along, Annapurna has decided that it no longer wants to fund the film.

The company has dropped out of Terminator: Genesis as a co-financier, although Megan Ellison will retain an executive producer credit. The picture will now be paid for by her brother David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions and distributor Paramount Pictures. More details after the jump.

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The Terminator

Paramount is about to add another massive franchise to its stable. Last week, sources revealed the studio reacquired the full rights to make new Friday the 13th and South Park movies and now, they’re in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for the Terminator franchise.

Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions own the rights to the film series about the epic struggle between man and machine. They hired screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write a fifth installment back in January and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to return for a fifth film. No director is attached. Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be in ‘Terminator 5′

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a few years off from acting so he could properly govern the state of California, but now that the hiatus is over he seems to have picked up where he left off. Like, exactly where he left off. His upcoming slate includes new sequels to Twins and Conan the Barbarian, and now he’s also confirmed that he’ll be appearing in the next installment of the Terminator franchise. Progress on the sci-fi film has been halting so far, but it recently took a big step forward as writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier signed on. More after the jump.

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The Terminator is a family deal once more. Way back in the ’80s, the original film was created by James Cameron, who sold the rights to budding producer Gale Anne Hurd to get the project made. The two later married, but various business deals over the years (not to mention their eventual divorce) saw the Terminator rights sold to other parties, leaving neither in control of the characters.

Last year, Megan Ellison of Annapurna Productions, best known for financing films such as The Master, Lawless, and Zero Dark Thirty, bought The Terminator rights with intent to procure a new film in the series. Initial efforts seemed to have stalled, but in fact the rights sale was not complete until now.

And so, with rights to the series firmly in hand, Ellison and Annapurna Pictures reportedly plan to move forward with a new film. And they’ve got a big-dollar partner to make it happen: the other film financier of the Ellison family, David Ellison, who has backed films in the Mission: Impossible series, as well as Jack Reacher, and the stalled Top Gun sequel. Could we see Tom Cruise in a Terminator movie? Read More »

There are a hell of a lot of zombie movies coming in the next year or two — so many that it almost seems ridiculous to get excited over one more. But when that one is an adaptation of a well-liked novel and has Brad Pitt set to star, it’s a different story. The film adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel World War Z was recently said to be nearly dead, but now may have financing set, and is gearing up to shoot as soon as June. Read More »

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