Paramount confirmed Thursday that it’s working on a reboot of the Terminator franchise, and that the next film — set for June 26, 2015 — is planned to kick off a new Terminator trilogy. The current title? Simply enough, “Terminator.”
They wouldn’t confirm former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearance, but he announced earlier this month that he was set to return, telling attendees at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Australia, ““I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Schwarzenegger has been in all four Terminator films to date, though his appearance in the last film, “Terminator Salvation,” was through the magic of CGI due to him being busy governing a state.
One actor who’s unlikely to get a call for the new Terminator — “Terminator 3” star Nick Stahl, who’s been dealing with drug problems in recent years and was arrested Friday with meth in a Hollywood hotel, according to the LAPD, the L.A. Times reports. Stahl was also arrested last year for lewd conduct at a Hollywood porn shop, and reported missing for a time after being on L.A.’s Skid Row.
Hopefully the next Terminator movie gets better reviews than “Salvation” — it ended up with a 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and Schwarzenegger himself went from initially praising it to telling reporters, “The last one was awful. It tried hard, not that they didn’t try, the acting and everything. It missed the boat.”
The new Terminator film is being written by Laeta Kalorgridis — who worked on relatively well-reviewed projects like “Avatar” and “Shutter Island” — and Patrick Lussier, perhaps best known for writing the slightly less critically acclaimed Nicolas Cage picture “Drive Angry.”
It’s been nearly 30 years since the original Terminator film, which helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger into a box office icon — 2014 marks the film’s 30th anniversary.
Justin Lin, who’s directed the last four Fast and the Furious films (as well as episodes of the TV show “Community”), was previously attached to direct a new Terminator film, but the director of the newly announced project has yet to be named. However, he should have some free time in his schedule, given that “Fast & Furious 6” was officially his last helming the franchise.
The 2015 lineup is already hot and heavy — other announced films for that summer include the new Star Wars movie, “The Avengers 2,” “Independence Day 2” and a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Read Paramount’s full press release on the new film below:
SKYDANCE, ANNAPURNA AND PARAMOUNT TO PARTNER ON REBOOTED “TERMINATOR”
PARAMOUNT TO DISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE ON JUNE 26, 2015
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.
About Skydance Productions
Skydance Productions creates and produces elevated event-level commercial entertainment. In its strategic partnership with Paramount Pictures, the David Ellison-led company co-finances and produces several films per year with the studio in addition to developing their own projects. Paul Schwake serves as chief operating officer and Dana Goldberg is president of production. Skydance recent releases include WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt, which has already made over $111 million worldwide, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, garnering over $430 million worldwide at the box office and G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION, starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson and has made over $369 million worldwide at the box office. Skydance’s next film, JACK RYAN, from director Kenneth Brannagh and starring Chris Pine, is set for release on December 25, 2013. Skydance’s previous projects include the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL and JACK REACHER.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
About Annapurna Pictures
Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences. Annapurna’s recent releases include Kathryn Bigelow’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film ZERO DARK THIRTY; Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated masterpiece THE MASTER; John Hillcoat’s LAWLESS and Andrew Dominik’s KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Annapurna’s most recent project, the 2012 Venice and Toronto break-out hit SPRING BREAKERS, directed by Harmony Korine starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco. Additionally, Annapurna acquired US rights to Wong Kar Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER, the story of martial arts master and Bruce Lee trainer Ip Man will be released later this year. Current projects include the Spike Jonze’s new film HER starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, and Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER which is currently in post-production as well as David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, also currently in post-production, and set for a December release by Columbia Pictures. Further, the company has partnered with Nina Jacobson’s Color Force on the best-selling comedic novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, written by Maria Semple and has partnered with Denver & Delilah and CJ Entertainment on the SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE remake written by William Monahan and starring Charlize Theron. Last spring, the company made a deal to back Panorama Media, which will serve as the international sales agent on select Annapurna projects.