Good news for Terminator fans: First it was confirmed earlier this weekend that The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been renewed for a second season. Second, the rumor from last week that Terminator 4 had been shut down has turned out to be untrue after all. And now THR reports that Moon Bloodgood is in final negotiations for the female lead in McG’s upcoming film. Bloodgood will play a “no-nonsense and battle-hardened member of the resistance who is carrying a lot of guilt over surviving the nuclear holocaust.” You might remember Bloodgood from her role as Livia in NBC’s short-lived television series Journeyman. Principal photography is set to begin in two weeks, on May 5th, with the film set to hit theaters on May 22nd 2009.
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Has Terminator 4 been Terminated? UGO’s Movie Blog claims that a crew member “was recently overheard discussing his newfound free schedule due to the production shutting down.” For now we’ll mark this rumor as unconfirmed and hope for clarification, confirmation, or denial from the Halcyon Company in the coming days.
I was actually pretty excited for the fourth film in the franchise. The producers involved seemed to have a clearly laid out plan for a new trilogy. And while many have prune-faced director McG, most have praised the casting of Christian Bale as John Connor, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Avatar’s Sam Worthington, and Josh Brolin rumored to be on board as the Terminator.
Production is (or maybe was) set to begin later this month at Budapest Korda Studios. Terminator 4 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 22nd 2009.
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Three quick news tidbits that have emerged from Showest in Las Vegas:
Warner Bros has decided to drop the silly/stupid title for Terminator 4, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. The film will now go into production without a title, targeting a May 22nd 2009 release.
Iron Man might be released a few days earlier in some markets, a move which was used for Michael Bay’s Transformers last year. Iron Man has held the May 2nd 2008 date for some time now, but will likely now open on Wednesday, April 30th. No official announcement has been made yet, but expect one shortly.
A second trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will hit screens in April. We can only assume that the trailer would be packaged with Iron Man.
A new script has been turned in last week and The Halcyon Company are trying to fast track Terminator 4 into production.
CHUD reports that action director McG is in talks to direct the film, which really excites me. I think McG’s Charlies Angels is one of the best fun just purely to be fun action movies in recent years. His efforts since have been varied (Full Throttle was overboard and We Are Marshall was, well, I don’t remember). It could be said that McG probably needs a good producer to reign him in at some points.
But is McG’s style vs. substance method the right way to go for this film? I’m not sure. On the other hand, McG ensures an interesting effort (good or bad), unlike many of the hack directors who could be hired for the project.
According to James Middleton, consulting producer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator 4 is moving forward after all. Apparently, the film will not be called “Terminator 4″, but will instead be titled “Terminator: ____________” with no numbering. T3: Rise of the Machines scribes Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato are busy penning a new script, and The Halcyon Company hopes to have the film in pre-production by October for a 2009 release. Yes, another Pre-Strike movie.
The fourth film will be the first in a trilogy and will feature John Connor and Kate Brewster in a post-apocalyptic future. But Middleton says that the main hero will be someone new completely: “Ben-Hur was influenced by Jesus Christ, but it was his story. Much in that way, this character will be influenced by John Connor.” Whatever that means.
Middleton also says that a director is not yet attached to the project, but they are close. Because of this, no casting has taken place, despite recent rumors that Rachel Weisz and Chloe Sevigny have recently inquired about the lead Terminator role, and that a “high profile hunk” had already been cast as the male lead.
Rise of the Machines was not a great movie, and many were angry that the storyline negated the climax developments of the previous films. But a war between the humans and the machines really excited me. Despite my rather snarky and negative musings, I have yet to become pessimistic about Hollywood sequels (even though extensive evidence against my optimism). And this next trilogy could offer us a look at this new war, and a new epic sci-fi war film. OR it could just be another crappy sci-fi sequel.
Sources: IGN, Moviehole
A couple months back we reported that The Halcyon Co. has obtained the rights to the Terminator franchise and planed on launching a new trilogy of films without Arnold Schwarzenegger or James Cameron. And now we have another Hollywood legal fight which could prevent Terminator 4 from going forward.Â The Halcyon Co. has filed a lawsuit claiming that MGM is “interfering with their right to negotiate for the distribution” of the fourth film, according to Variety. The suit says that MGM is fighting to retain it’s rights to distribute the fourth film. MGM claims to have an exclusive 30-day negotiation window for T4, which the company obtained in the 1990s Orion Pictures bankruptcy. It appears to me that this is just a minor legal speed-bump which may only serve to slow down the development process for the movie.
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