Yay, Nay, or Maybe: Ahnold in a New Terminator Movie?

by | Apr 27th, 2011 | 10:30AM | Filed under: News, Quizzes, Contests & Polls

From the moment (if not before) Arnold Schwarzenegger left the California Governor’s office on January 3 of this year, speculation began as to whether or not he’d return at least part time to acting–specifically to the Terminator franchise that made him a household name.

Now according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ahnold’s talent agency, CAA, has begun pitching a new Terminator film to the studios, with Schwarzenegger once again set to star as the cyborg killing machine and with Fast Five‘s Justin Lin attached as the director.

(The timing is perfect. According to the Terminator franchise timeline, Skynet–the future supercomputer that leads the human-hating machines–was activated on April 19, 2011, and set out to destroy us a few days later.)

Right now CAA is shopping the star-director package around, looking for a studio. Warner Brothers distributed the last two Terminator films–2003′s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and 2009′s Terminator Salvation–but in this new go-around Universal is currently showing the most interest.

In the past decade there have been several attempts to keep the Terminator franchise clanking along. T3 was the first without T1 and T2 director James Cameron’s creative involvement, and the last to feature Arnold.

Five years later there was a season and a half of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox TV in 2008 and ’09, and then Salvation’s unsuccessful stab at launching a new feature-film series of “future prequels.”

Schwarzenegger’s iconic Terminator 101 character made a cameo appearance in the last film thanks to the magic of CGI, and it would seem likely any new films with Arnold would be set in Salvation’s future time frame, with grown-up John Conner (most recently played by Christian Bale) leading the human resistance.

So what say you all? Is the Terminator franchise worth reactivating with Arnold back in the sunglasses and leather? Or is the 63-year-old former Mr. Universe getting too long in the hyperalloy teeth to still make a menacing machine?

Vote in the poll, and then explain your “yay,” “nay,” or “maybe” in the comments below!

Should Arnold be back as the Terminator?

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12 Responses to “Yay, Nay, or Maybe: Ahnold in a New Terminator Movie?”

  1. Jeremy F.
    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    i dont see any reason ahnold shouldnt attempt a come back…i mean hell, if vinnie barbarino can do it, anyone can…

  2. vi Pingel
    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Why not, he entertained us with some good movies, bring it on Arnold.

  3. Stevie W
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Absolutely… Arnold is a national treasure–and can still kicj some serious @ss!

  4. Errol
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

    We all know that Mr. S. will always be a butt kicker. Personally, I would really like to see a movie about “his” life. I think for him to step into the shoes of the Terminator again, could possibly a big step “back”.

    HOWEVER, “IF” he did a Terminator movie and perhaps his character is the actual man the machines were fashioned after, then I think that could be very interesting. (That would explain his aging, etc.)

    Bottom line…….. he is 63, he “can” still kick butt. And would I go see another Terminator movie starring him? In a heartbeat! :)

  5. Georgette
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    ABSOLUTLY !!!! He IS “The Termanator”

  6. JK
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Schwarzenegger has been Gov. of CA. Not a great one. But he still has political influence and those who look up to him as a political figure. His movie career stopped when he took the oath of office. This would be something like Reagan again making movies after being President.

    And he’s too old now to be a credible action hero. It’s time to bow out gracefully.

  7. txcoastgirl
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Why not? He is an legend … a great American story.

  8. vruggio
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I would love to see Arnold back in the Terminator Franchise.
    It would be way cool to see him in his present day look;
    as a “Human Machine Sympathizer” who is used as a “model”
    for the creation of the Terminator Machines.
    Of coarse; the machines would be built to be more perfect than the original model.
    He would later relize his mistake in helping to creat the Terminators & try to stop them.
    Eventualy he works with John Connor to end the rein of the machines because he knows their secret (off button, self destruct code etc.)
    Everybody wins & Arnie’s charactor remains a Hero!

  9. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I gotta say, Errol and Vruggio, I really LIKE your ideas of having him play a human sympathizer/prototype for the T-101 (and then, just to make it even more ironically sweet, having him KILLED by a T-101!).

    I’m always up for seeing an actor play a role with more depth and dimension than they’ve tried before and I’d love to see Arnold play a HUMAN — an older, conflicted, morally WEAK human, like a machine patsy.

  10. vruggio
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you Locke!
    To add to my previous comment the 1st proto type could become the Terminator that Arnie’s charactor was expecting (built good natured & helpful to Humans)
    This prototype could then be the machine that was
    sent to the past by John Connor to protect himself in T2!

  11. vruggio
    Posted on May 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    My guess is that; after a long hiatus from acting;
    Arnold Schwarzenegger,has a renewed excitement about
    getting back into acting.
    He’s Mean, He’s Lean & He’s Back
    & He’s Bigger & Badder than ever!!!

  12. ms. nailah
    Posted on June 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    He may be able to act…but is he really up to performing all those stunts. Close ups not possible, with all the “aging wrinkles”…It’s time to bow out gracefully! Sorry Arnie