James Cameron Terminator

Earlier this month, Paramount Pictures released a video which featured Terminator creator James Cameron praising the hell out of Terminator Genisys, saying that in his mind it is “the third film” in the series. Some cynical fans believe that the Cameron video isn’t authentic, believing he either makes money off the new film or was paid for his endorsement. Was the James Cameron Terminator Genisys endorsement paid for? How did the screening happen? Does James Cameron make money off the new sequel? Find out all the details, after the jump.

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Top Gun 2

Top Gun, released in 1986, is one of the films that cemented Tom Cruise as a superstar. (It’s also one that features more subtle acting than many people give it credit for, as argued here.) In 2010, we learned that Paramount was kicking around ideas for a Top Gun 2. At the time Paramount hoped to land Cruise for a small appearance. Then original director Tony Scott decided to direct, and Cruise’s role was said to have grown to lead status. But the 2012 death of Scott stalled Top Gun 2 for years. Even now, it is still in the development stage.

When Peter Sciretta spoke to Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison last week, he talked to the producer/financier about Top Gun 2. The script is coming together, and Ellison promises that “there is no Top Gun without Maverick.” Read More »

Skydance interview

You probably don’t know Skydance Productions yet, but you probably should. The company is making a major play to become the next Legendary Pictures or Marvel Entertainment, and they already are making the next installments of a number of major franchises on both the big and small screens. Their portfoilo of brands include Terminator, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, World War Z, Jack Reacher, Top Gun, GI Joe and much more.

When I was in Berlin Germany this past week to cover the Terminator Genisys premiere, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg to talk about their company and what they are planning for the future. This extensive roundtable interview was conducted over the course of an hour alongside three of my colleagues. Over the course of the interview we talked about a number of topics, including:

  • How Skydance Productions came about
  • Why they decided to plan a trilogy of new Terminator films before the release of Terminator Genisys
  • How will the planned new Terminator tv series connect with the new films, will it be cable or network show?
  • Terminator Genisys: Did they ever consider brining back Edward Furlong as John Connor? How did they recreate young Arnold Schwarzenegger? CG vs. Practicle effects in the new film
  • What kind of television series are they developing?
  • What will the Three Days of the Condor tv series be about?
  • Steve Jobs was Ellison’s personal mentor since childhood, find out how Jobs and Pixar influenced the creation of Skydance.
  • Star Trek 3: Is the movie going to be titled Star Trek Beyond? When does shooting start and where are they filming? What is director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg bringing to the sequel?
  • Will they be producing a new Star Trek tv series? What is preventing a new show from happening?
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: The film test screened even higher than Ghost Protocol. How do get insurance for Tom Cruise‘s crazy stunts? How did changing the release date impact getting that movie to the screen? Did Star Wars: Rogue One cause any title drama? Was any of the movie filmed in IMAX?
  • Top Gun 2: David Ellison’s history flying aerobatics, What is the sequel about? Will Tom Cruise be in the new film? How will modern technology and 3D change the dogfights?
  • Rebecca Ferguson will be a breakout star in MI5 and Skydance is already considering her for another one of their films
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: What will the sequel be about?
  • How did James Cameron see Terminator Genisys? Was he paid for his endorsement in any way?
  • And some brief words on World War Z 2.

All this and more, after the jump.

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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 »