Friday, January 18, 2013

New Terminator Sets New Writers

We talked yesterday about Universal's planned resuscitation of the Conan the Barbarian property with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached. Another old franchise that's eying new life with the same original star is The Terminator, which we last saw short-circuiting with 2009's wholly unexceptional Terminator Salvation. That film, the fourth in the long-lived series, was meant to launch a whole new trilogy centered around star Christian Bale, but its lack of box office punch doomed those plans and led to yet another attempt being planned, this time with Big Arnie back in leathers.

The last time we talked about that take, to be directed by Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, was waaaaay back here, and there hasn't been much movement on it since, with the project looking pretty much dead as of last fall. Well, there may still be some life left in it yet if yesterday's news is anything to go by. Per Deadline,
writers Laeta Kalogridis (TV's Birds of Prey, Bionic Woman) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) have been recruited to come up with a workable way to carry things forward.

Of course, hiring writers is a long ways away from calling "action," so we'll have to see how this shakes out, but I have to say, just based on this, neither of those names fill me with a lot of confidence that they're the right people to puzzle this one out. Then again, I'm someone who questions the wisdom of continuing The Terminator at all without the name "James Cameron" in the mix somewhere. This is one franchise that really does feel like it reached a decent endpoint two or three movies ago, and every attempt to apply the paddles since has been squeezing a few more nickels out of it, artistic integrity be damned.

(Source: Deadline)

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