Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures bought the rights to the franchise back in 2011, and things haven’t seemed to make much progress since then. But now Ellison has turned to her brother, David Ellison, and his Skydance Pictures, and together with their deal at Paramount, the Terminator reboot is moving forward nicely.
Screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) have been working together on the script for months, and the plan is apparently to make at least two movies before North American rights revert back to original creator James Cameron.
The press release below says that Terminator will be the first film in a new standalone trilogy, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to reprise his role. Recent weeks have thrown up an interesting rumour of Dwayne Johnson starring opposite him, which would certainly make for interesting action sequences.
Cameron was at the helm for the first two, and was followed by Jonathan Mostow for Rise of the Machines, and most recently McG on Terminator Salvation. As of yet, there’s no mention on who might be taking the director’s chair. But with the release date set, and two writers attached to the project, that should be changing soon.
It might be two years off still, but 2015 already has so much going for it, enough to drive us crazy with anticipation! Currently slated for release that year are Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man for Marvel, Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four, Independence Day 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the final instalment in The Hunger Games movies, Finding Dory, Pete Docter’s The Inside Out, Peanuts, Kung Fu Panda 3, Assassin’s Creed, DreamWorks’ B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, and many more. Not to mention possibly Star Wars Episode VII. So when you’re throwing the new Terminator movie into the mix, things are definitely, definitely looking good. (And also a little expensive, with so many great movies coming our way.)
The Terminator reboot is officially set for release on June 26th, 2015. That release date currently sees it opening at the box office alone, sitting between Assassin’s Creed and The Inside Out on June 19th and Independence Day 2 and an as-yet-unannounced Illumination Entertainment movie on July 6th.
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.
Source: via Deadline.