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Feature James Peaty Feb 11, 2013
What does the future hold for the Terminator franchise, and how can it regain its early 90s success? James takes a closer look...
It’s been a tough few years if you’re a fan of The Terminator franchise. With the creative belly flop that was Terminator Salvation (2009) coming just a few months after the cancellation of TV spin-off, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the game was finally up for the once venerable series.
However, thanks to the bankruptcy of former rights holder, The Halcyon Company, and the deep pockets of producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the franchise now finds itself at a potentially interesting crossroads. Where once it was owned by a company overjoyed at hiring the dubious talents of director McG, now the franchise’s future is controlled by an outfit that has backed, in the space of a year, »
After paying a pretty penny for the rights to the “Terminator” franchise (millions upon millions upon millions, we hear — or something like that), Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are apparently ready to move forward with a sequel. The studios have now hired writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to script the next installment in the sci-fi series. Obviously it’s still way too early to know where the installment is going, or what it’ll be about, or even if it’ll be canon to the previous four movies, but I’m sure that won’t stop people from speculating anyway. We do know that Laeta Kalogridis was a producer on James Cameron’s “Avatar”, and recently wrote a draft of Cameron’s “Battle Angel”. She also has Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and Timur Bekmambetov’s “Night Watch” on her resume. Pretty impressive, I’d say. Patrick Lussier, on the other hand, »
With Arnold Schwarzenegger's big comeback movie The Last Stand set to hit theatres this weekend, we're finally getting an update on the latest installment in what is his most successful franchise of all time. The Terminator series has changed hands a number of times in recent years, and after the disappointing performance of Terminator Salvation, it eventually ended up being acquired by Megan Ellison (Annapurna Pictures) and her brother David (Skydance Productions). Since then it has been unclear whether they were intending to continue the story from Terminator Salvation or do something completely different. While we still don't know what their plan is, we do know that the project is slowly moving forward with a pair of screenwriters being hired this week to get the ball rolling. Can they possibly come up with a story that will get this franchise back on track? According to Deadline, Skydance and Annapurna »
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