'Terminator 5' in Progress with 'Shutter Island' & 'Drive Angry' Writers

January 17, 2013


Back in December, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures, the production companies founded by siblings David Ellison and Megan Ellison respectively, picked up the rights to the Terminator franchise. The sci-fi action series which was launched into fame by James Cameron has been in limbo for awhile, and doesn't have a studio home yet, but the Ellisons are moving quick to get Terminator 5 off the ground. Deadline reports Avatar and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis and Drive Angry writer and director Patrick Lussier will both script the sequel based on an idea from Skydance. That's a strange combination.

Lussier has mostly been based in horror as a writer and director, but he's edited other films like D3: The Might Ducks and most recently Apollo 18. Maybe there's something about his approach that they like, and meshing it with a Cameron collaborator like Kalogridis could prove to be lucrative. We're still not sure who will direct since Justin Lin seems to be out of the picture, but there's a good chance Arnold Schwarzenegger will return in some capacity. Hopefully it turns out better than Terminator Salvation. With the producers of Zero Dark Thirty and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on board, that shouldn't be a problem.

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  • David Banner
    Make a season 3 of The Sarah Connor Chronicles for a proper conclusion. For starters.
    • There is a reason that show was cancelled.
      • Say what you like about the show, but it brought fresh new ideas to the Terminator mythology that were *much* more challenging and interesting than the generic, brainless crap Salvation pulled. The writers may not have always knocked it out of the park on TSCC, but I felt they truly understood Terminator in a way none of the film writers have since T2.
  • Big Boss
    It's funny, because while I was reading, I was kinda excited when I read that the "Shutter Island" writer is on board. But as soon as I saw "Drive Angry" I was like, ahh, here we
  • Rain Spider
    I say instead of bringing Arnold back, they Drop In Sly Stallone. Man that would really fuck peoples shit up. lmao.
  • OfficialJab
    I was looking forward to the Justin Lin one. I like him.
    • Greg dinskisk
      Yeah, I was hoping he would still... You ever see Better Luck Tomorrow? Fantastic.
  • One Fan
    What was wrong with Terminator: Salvation? I enjoyed it.
    • Greg dinskisk
      It was an okay, "BOOM BOOM!" movie, but there was nothing to it as a film. Even T3 had some halfway interesting ideas... Salvation was just another sci-fi action like any other.
    • Cody W
      Nothing, its just people compare it to 1 and 2...and any movie that is compared to that level is going to be deemed a failure.
      It was a shitty ending, very unbecoming. I mean John Conner just rolls right up into the heart of Skynet by himself unscathed. I'm a huge Terminator fan and I hope they find a better director than McG, really dude? your going with the acronym name approach? Christian Bale almost beat that ass on set ecause he is a garbo (garbage) director and lacks vision.
  • mmmmmmmm
    ...Never thought I`d say this but, I think they should finally and permanently just let the Terminator franchise go. The odds of this 5th one being ground breaking, game changing awesomeness for the franchise...seems VERY low.
    • Jericho
      if they can at least pull off closing the loop by either having John die or sending Kyle back, then that would be a good sign to end it......
  • grimjob
    I guess I'm one of the few that liked Salvation. I just love that universe, and I look forward to any new additions to the franchise.
  • Jimmy Rabbitte
    Hopefully there will be no sign of Mc.G telling the Comic-Con audience that he needs an 'R' rating so he can show Moon Bloodgood's tits which will somehow make the movie not be a complete shit-pile. This franchise is actually in a complete tailspin; and I don't think even James Cameron could bring it back. Just stick a fork in it.
  • I know,right ?
    They should terminate this franchise...or do the other thing..a reboot...a reimagening...just don't put Arnold in as a terminator... he is way to old will just be cheesy in a bad way...
  • avi
    nothing more i want to see than a new terminator movie! But i think they must start from scratch and kick Arnie out! Nobody believes a aging terminator!
  • Blargh
    I actually did enjoy Salvation but think they'd have to actually push the boundaries and really try some original ideas to make this one good. Which they won't. Same with the new Star Wars. The future of sci-fi is in movies like Looper.
  • As far as Arnold goes, i think a great way to involve him in the movie would be as a human who is captured by skynet to be the model for the terminator based upon his body. how else could he be in?
  • Salvation was heading in a good direction, as long as its not treated as just a cash in it should be alright. something Already tells me its gonna be in 3D too, lol just a hunch
  • Terminator Salvation was okay but Forgettable. I dont even know what the Main plot of Skynet was. Also why have a human lookalike figure head that is not what Skynet is. Why would skynet wage war on all humans just to have a human figure head at the top?
  • They should just reboot and come up with a fresh story arc for a possible new trilogy.




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