The “Terminator’ lands at Paramount. Will Arnold “be back” for the next chapter?
On June 11, Paramount Pictures reportedly entered into negotiations for distribution rights for the next installment in the “Terminator’ film franchise. Sources at The Wrap first broke the news June 11.
In 2012 Megan Ellison of Annapurna and brother David Ellison of Skydance Pictures jointly acquired the rights to film future ‘Terminator’ films. Those rights are tentatively set to revert back to original “The Terminator’ and ‘Avatar’ director James Cameron in 2019.
Schwarzenegger reported to the UK-based “The Guardian” back in May 2013 that a fifth ‘Terminator’ film was already being written and that, “There are three projects being written that involve me. One is Terminator 5, the other is a Conan movie that Universal is doing and there’s the sequel to Twins.”
‘The Terminator’ is the role that not only defined Schwarzenegger’s early stardom, but the characters’ one-liners became part of the public lexicon spurring the signature catchphrases, “I’ll be back” from the original 1984 film and “Hasta la vista baby,” from the sequel in 1991.
The first film in the series was a successful feature, earning approximately $38 million in the United States. It’s sequel, ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ was a smash with both critics and audiences alike, grossing over $500 million globally and winning four Academy Awards.
The subsequent films about the time-travelling cyborg assassin trailed off in popularity with the third and fourth installments. Director James Cameron had moved on to other projects when Jonathan Mostow took the helm on ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ in 2003.
For the McG-directed fourth installment ‘Terminator Salvation’ from 2009, Schwarzenegger himself was absent from the franchise which had launched him into worldwide movie stardom.
If ‘Terminator’ lands at Paramount after successful negotiations, it would mark the return of the franchise to a major distributor since the Columbia/Tri-Star films production of ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.’
Schwarzenegger has returned successfully to action movie stardom after completing his two terms as Governor for the State of California.
High profile roles in two ‘The Expendables’ features and the starring role in the 2013 action movie ‘The Last Stand’ prove that Arnold still has popularity as a silver screen hero.
Next up for Schwarzenegger is the October 2013 film ‘Escape Plan’ co-starring Sylvester Stallone in an action movie about a wrongfully accused security expert imprisoned in a correctional facility that he himself designed.
Flixnerd will keep you updated on ‘Terminator 5’ as more details become available.