Paramount Pictures in Talks for Distribution Rights to 'Terminator 5'
Late last year, some hope for another sequel in the Terminator franchise surfaced when Megan Ellison, founder of Annapurna Pictures and daughter of Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, struck a deal to land the rights to the sci-fi series from Pacificorp. The deal closed after Megan brought in her brother David Ellison and his Skydance Productions banner to help out as a financial and creative partner. But the franchise still needed a new studio home. Now The Wrap reports Paramount Pictures is in talks to land the distribution rights to Terminator 5, which supposedly already has Arnold Schwarzenegger attached.
Paramount's involvement makes sense considering Skydance Productions already has a lucrative relationship with the studio with franchises like Star Trek from J.J. Abrams and G.I. Joe from Hasbro (which just signed up director Jon M. Chu to return for another sequel). As of now, we're not sure where this sequel will take the franchise, which has been struggling with sequels like Terminator: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation, but Avatar and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis and Drive Angry writer and director Patrick Lussier are scripting the sequel based on an idea from Skydance.
As for who might direct the film, there's a chance Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin could end up returning to the job. The director was once officially attached to the project, but Ellison intended to start production in December 2012, forcing him to depart the project in September 2011 in order to finish Universal's aforementioned blockbuster sequel. But The Wrap says he door open for a possible return if the project ended up being delayed. Lin directing the new Terminator movie would be pretty damn interesting, but we'll have to wait and see what really happens with the franchise.