Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
After a couple years of slow-moving development, progress on Terminator 5 suddenly picked up earlier this year. Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Justin Lin both came aboard, indie financier Megan Ellison grabbed the rights and Lin began talking up what he’d like to see in the next installment of the franchise.
In fact, the problem now may be that things are moving a little too fast. Lin has been forced to pull out of the project due to scheduling issues. There’s still a chance he could find his way back to the franchise, but only if Ellison and Schwarzenegger are willing to adjust their timeline to account for Lin’s busy schedule. More details after the jump.
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It’s so early in terms of Terminator 5, separating fact and fiction can be difficult. We know producer Megan Ellison has the rights. We know Justin Lin is attached to direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. We also know that those two have had conversations, some of which included James Cameron, about where the story could go. However, since there’s no script, Schwarzenegger is about to make The Last Stand and Lin is directing Fast and Furious 6 next, both of which are scheduled for 2013 release, anything beyond that is rumor and speculation. Terminator 5 is still several years off.
In a new interview, though, Lin hints at the fact that he believes the Sarah Connor character is crucial to the franchise and though she was offhandedly killed in the third film, his inclination is to bring her back. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »
Sometimes when you watch a filmmaker’s first movie you know exactly what he’s going to be. That’s not the case for Justin Lin. His first film, the fantastic Better Luck Tomorrow, gave almost no indication of just how incredibly massive a director he’d eventually become. After back to back box office smash hits with Fast and Furious and Fast Five, Lin has been given the keys to the kingdom. We know he is planning on doing Fast and Furious 6, is attached to do a new Terminator movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Highlander reboot and and was even on the list to possibly direct Die Hard 5 and The Wolverine.
Lin spoke to The Playlist and gave updates on most of those projects. He’s turned down Die Hard 5, will direct Fast and Furious 6 next (which already has a May 24, 2013 release date) and just had a very productive Terminator 5 meeting with Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. Read Lin’s quotes on all of this after the break. Read More »
If things go according to plan, Fast Five director Justin Lin will eventually continue the Terminator franchise along with star Arnold Schwarzenegger. After that announcement was made, plenty of rumors circulated about how exactly the whole thing would go down. Would the original cast be back? Would the film follow the story of the McG film, Terminator Salvation? Or would it reboot the series entirely? Lin was predictably coy on all these questions. Wired Magazine, however, went to two men who know a thing or two about genre franchises to pitch their own take on Terminator. Those men are Paul W.S. Anderson, director of the Resident Evil movies and Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and co-writer of Star Trek and Prometheus. Read each man’s pitch for the franchise after the jump. Read More »
I know, you thought I was going to say ‘terminated’ rather than ‘on hold.’ And I really want to. Does Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s divorce and BabyGate mean that we won’t have to suffer The Governator? The answer to that question is unclear, but for the time being the former Governor and reactivated actor has a couple small things to deal with, and film projects including The Terminator 5 and Cry Macho have been put on hold. We don’t know how long this status will last, or if the projects will go away altogether. Read the T5 obituary, er, ‘on hold announcement,’ after the break. Read More »
Briefly: And things get interesting. Megan Ellison‘s company Annapurna Pictures has won the auction for rights to make future films in the Terminator franchise, beating out LionsGate and becoming the producers behind Justin Lin and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s potential Terminator sequel.
Deadline says the company now has rights to make “at least two more” films in the series. We don’t have much more detail now, and I’ll refer you back to the thoughts put down two days ago when this outcome started to seem like a real possibility. In short, we’re now looking at a new Terminator film from the same person who is financing some ambitious and very promising indie prestige pictures like 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. This is a better outcome than having the rights land at a studio — The Terminator has always been an independently-owned series — and a development that augers well for the new film. I still think this series is close to being out of gas, but if the same person who wants to make all those movies I just listed also wants to make Terminator 5, I’m curious to see what happens.
And, just like that, I’m interested in a Terminator movie once more. An auction is going on now in which the rights to produce a new Terminator film are changing hands (yes, again) and LionsGate was emerging as the presumptive winner. But now Annapurna Pictures, the production company run by Megan Ellison, is trying to outbid the little lion.
Why is this a big deal? It might not be. But Megan Ellison has emerged as a recent savior for big indie prestige pics. She’s paying for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new one, Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden and John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World, and helping fund Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters. The Terminator doesn’t seem like the type of movie her company would go for at all. So what gives? Read More »
The fifth movies in two franchises both have significant updates today. Justin Lin, who just finished another fifth franchise movie with Fast Five, exclusively spoke to MTV about his plans for Terminator 5, which he’ll direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role. Not not only did he deny recent reports that the original cast will be back for the new film but hinted that he doesn’t want to be beholden to the continuity of the third and fourth films in the series: Terminator: Rise of the Machines directed by Jonathan Mostow and Terminator Salvation directed by McG. Plus, he’s unsure if he’ll tackle that film next or the sequel to Fast Five.
In other “five” news, screenwriter Terry Rossio has already finished, and turned into Disney, the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. With the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, mere weeks away from release, everyone seems excited about the follow up except one key component: Johnny Depp. He’ll do it, but says “We should hold off for a bit.”
Read Lin and Depp’s quotes plus more after the jump. Read More »
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