'Terminator' Reboot Kicks Off a New Trilogy in 2015

Friday, 28 June 2013 05:47 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Terminator' Reboot Kicks Off a New Trilogy in 2015

So Terminator 5 is happening in the summer of 2015.

Only it's not quite Terminator 5.

Instead, it seems that the next Skynet adventure isn't a straightforward sequel, but is instead a reboot.  Not only are audiences getting the Terminator reboot they never asked for on June 26, 2015, but it's also intended to be the first installment in a trilogy.

The term "reboot" has been used so liberally over the last several years that it's sometimes tough to even know what it means.  This is one of those times.  A Terminator reboot would presumably be a remake of James Cameron's 1984 original, but given that this franchise involves time travel, there's suspicion that this new take will double back to a greater degree, resetting with an alternate timeline like Star Trek.

Back in 2011, Megan Ellison of Annapurna Films bought the Terminator rights, and the producer of many a prestige picture immediately assembled Justin Lin to direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger to return after sitting out Terminator: Salvation.  Obviously, those plans didn't come to fruition, as Lin went off to make Furious 6 and Schwarzenegger continued to tread water.

But early this year, we saw indications that Ellison was still making moves on her first franchise event movie, hiring Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write.  Then she brought aboard her brother David Ellison, whose Skydance Productions specialize in blockbuster-type movies. 

Earlier this month, Schwarzenegger himself said that he's set to reprise his role as the T-800 in a Terminator movie scheduled to begin production in January.  Neither of those facts are mentioned in the official announcement of the reboot's release date, but that doesn't mean the former bodybuilder and California Governor won't somehow appear as a sixty-five-year old man.

Here's the announcement:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 27, 2013) – Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.


Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.


David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.  A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.


Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.

And now, a deleted scene from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a movie that proved instrumental in Schwarzenegger's improbable ascent to elected office.

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