So fear not, Schwarzenegger will continue to get decades of mileage out of "I'll be back" as a catchphrase.
Around the time his gubernatorial misadventure came to an unceremonious end, Schwarzenegger hopped aboard Terminator 5 along with Fast Five director Justin Lin and producer Megan Ellison, who bought the rights for two more sequels from Pacificor back in May of 2011. The exceedingly busy Lin eventually moved on to devote his attention to the sixth and seventh installments in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and it looked as though Schwarzenegger exited the project as well.
Not so, it seems. Bleeding Cool had a man on hand for the London press conference promoting The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade, and apparently the Austrian muscle-mountain himself confirmed that he's still attached to Terminator 5. He listed the science-fiction movie along with sequels Triplets and The Legend of Conan, which is a high priority at Universal for the summer of 2014.
Progress on this new Terminator sequel has come in fits and starts. Through her Annapurna Films, Ellison specializes in prestigious awards season fare such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, and True Grit. Last month, though, she enlisted her brother David Ellison to co-produce through Skydance Productions, which generally sticks to big budget action fare like Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and this year's Star Trek Into Darkness.
And this month, the continuing evolution of Skynet got two writers in Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, best known for writing Shutter Island and directing Dracula 2000, respectively. Coincidentally, Kalogridis also worked as a producer and uncredited writer on Avatar for James Cameron, the progenitor of the Terminator franchise.
Decades ago, Schwarzengger declared in no uncertain terms that he would never make a Terminator movie without Cameron. After a string of disappointments in the late 20th and early 21st century, however, Schwarzenegger was in need of a hit, particularly if he wanted the cultural juice to snag a political office, and the actor signed up for Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Promotion for that sequel led right into his gubernatorial campaign. Now as then, it's easy to see why Schwarzenegger would be eager to revisit an established property, especially since his comeback, The Last Stand, didn't exactly blow the doors off its opening weekend.
But how will Terminator 5 get around a T-800 looking like a 65 year-old man?