Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to acting sparks interest in more TERMINATOR films

by: Kristal Bailey
February 16th, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

We should have known the Governator would be back in action movies once his term ended. Famous for his Terminator line "I'll be back," how could this have turned out any other way?

With his return to the acting world, there's a renewed interest in the TERMINATOR franchise. Universal Studios is particularly interested in the franchise, which is looking for Jason Lin's next directing project. Jason Lin directed the first three films in THE FAST & THE FURIOUS series, along with the latest FAST FIVE.

Talk of a TERMINATOR film fell silent after the rights were acquired in a bankruptcy action by the small Santa Monica-based hedge fund Pacificor for $29.5 million. While the last film, TERMINATOR: SALVATION, did poorly in the box office, it's mainly because Sony and Lionsgate were alienated in this auction that there has been no forward movement on the project.

While there's no official word on the status of another TERMINATOR film, Deadline reported:

"William Wisher--James Cameron's collaborator on Terminator 2 and an uncredited co-writer on the original, wrote a 24-page treatment for the next film and a four-page concept outline for a sixth Terminator film. His version continued the post-apocalyptic battleground scenario from Terminator Salvation, but added in the element of time travel."

While another TERMINATOR fits perfectly into the current atmosphere at the box office (sequels, prequels, reboots, etc) it's still a long way off from hitting the screen. It'll be interesting to see what project he'll tackle first.

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