Say what you want about the declining quality of the ‘Terminator’ franchise, but I’m still a fan. The news of ‘True Grit’ producer Megan Ellison winning the bid for rights to the series rests easy on these ears. Attach ‘Fast Five’ director Justin Lin, and ‘Terminator’ may even revert back to its old strong ways.
As far as I’m concerned, the original ‘Terminator‘ is sci-fi classic. ‘T2‘ is simply amazing, and still holds solid ground 20 years after its release. Easily the weakest of the series, ‘Rise of the Machines‘ is nothing more than pointless action. ‘Salvation‘ was too serious for its own good, but created a great look and feel for the dreary post-Judgment Day world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellison was in high demand at Cannes this past weekend. All of the major studios are interested in distributing the newest ‘Terminator’ film. With original star Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the market for movie roles, it is very possible that “he’ll be back.”
No word has been released concerning which storyline ‘Terminator 5’ will follow. The future as explained in ‘Terminator’ and ‘T2’ was altered by the events in ‘Rise of the Machines’. ‘Salvation’ mostly ignored ‘Rise of the Machines’, adding a ‘Mad Max’-ish post-apocalyptic tone to the series. Fox’s television series ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ followed a story far different from the events of either ‘Rise of the Machines’ OR ‘Salvation’, which was exceptionally odd considering that ‘Salvation’ was released to theaters at the same time ‘Sarah Connor’ ran on TV. Canceled after its cliffhanger season two finale, ‘Sarah Connor’ ended with teenage John sent forward to the future during the war with the machines.
If Justin Lin could make the fifth installment of the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise the best of the bunch, it may be possible that he could do the same with the fifth ‘Terminator’ film. Apparently, Ellison and every major studio believe so. If you didn’t want to see another ‘Terminator’ after ‘Salvation’, you might want to reconsider. I personally doubt any ‘Terminator’ sequel will ever come close to out-doing ‘T2’, but Lin’s ‘Terminator’ is sure to be a fun popcorn blockbuster.