Paramount has confirmed it will reboot the Terminator franchise with a fifth film, and the former California governor and Mr. Universe bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will be back in a starring role.
“The studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” he told a Melbourne crowd during a recent motivational-speaking tour of Australia.
The script for the new three-film reboot is reportedly being written by Patrick Lussier (somewhat known as the writer for the three-part Dracula 2000 series) and Laeta Kalogridis, who tried and failed to reboot the Bionic Woman and was a producer on Avatar. Draw your own conclusions.
For those unfamiliar with the Terminator oeuvre, the basic plot doesn’t really vary: a killer robot of varying technical sophistication tries to kill/save a member of the Connor family in an artificial intelligence’s plan to destroy humanity. The franchise has reaped billions in film rights, games, and media spinoffs, and spawned a persona Schwarzenegger has adopted as his own.
Arnie played the Terminator in James Cameron’s original 1985 film, which made the careers of both men and created Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back” catchphrase as a script-writing accident (Arnie wanted to say “I will be back” because of difficulties pronouncing “I’ll.”)
Since then he has appeared in person in the first three films in the franchise, and as a computer simulation in the fourth, Terminator Salvation, released in 2009, thanks to the ravages of time that strike us all.
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