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!
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