It’s happening. Paramount has announced that they’ve firmed up plans for a reboot of the Terminator franchise, substantiating Arnold Schwarzenegger’s claim that he’d soon be back in the title role (the actor recently said he’d be returning to three familiar parts: Conan the Barbarian, Julius Benedict, his character in Twins, and the Terminator). This will be the franchise’s fifth movie, with a release date set for the summer of 2015.
Paramount’s official announcement says that the movie will be the “first in a stand-alone trilogy” and, reports Deadline, the studio is aiming to finish two or more films before their rights to the property run out (Terminator creator James Cameron regains the copyright on his franchise in 2019).
Scant few plot details have been made available but one source claims that the first movie will be “set before the birth of Sarah Connor and focus on her parents in the 1940s and ’50s. This scenario would once again involve a Terminator(s) being sent back in time to kill a target, only this time it’s decades before the attempts on Sarah and John Connor.” Casting rumours link Dwayne Johnson to the project, but that news is also unconfirmed.
We do know that the script for the first movie is being written one of the writers from Cameron’s Avatar and that the film will be produced by David Ellison (World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and his sister Megan (Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Spring Breakers). The latter put up 100 per cent of Zero Dark Thirty‘s $45 million budget (Joaquin Phoenix has called her the Han Solo of filmmaking, “You think it’s all over and she comes to save the day,” said the actor). In order to finally get the new Terminator made, the Ellisons had to agree to split the cost of film three ways with the studio, but their investment is probably a sound one—the first Terminator trilogy raked in over $1 billion at the box office.