There has been a flurry of news and rumours surrounding the fifth Terminator film over the past few weeks as producer Megan Ellison is finally moving forward with it after acquiring the rights back in 2011. We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently on board to return as The Terminator, but beyond that we’ve been in the dark about the new film and how it might relate to its predecessors. Now this week Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have all made a joint announcement confirming what some had suspected all along: there will actually be no connection at all to the previous films. The new Terminator film will, in fact, be a reboot. More details after the jump.
According to a press release from Paramount Pictures, the movie formerly known as Terminator 5 is now being called “a rebooted Terminator movie” and it will be “the first in a stand-alone trilogy.” A director has yet to be announced but Laeta Kalorgridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are still attached to write the screenplay. A release date has been set for June 26th, 2015.
It’s interesting that they are announcing this as a trilogy right up front because it was recently revealed that the rights to The Terminator franchise will revert back to James Cameron in 2019. This is due to a recent change in copyright law that allows properties to return to their original creator after 35 years. If the first movie hits theatres in 2015, then they will have to move fast to get the other two films out before that happens. Still, a reboot seems like the logical choice based on the convoluted timeline that the previous films have constructed. Are you excited to see a brand new Terminator trilogy?