Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures Pulls Out of 'Terminator: Genesis'
The revival of the Terminator franchise is in the works at Paramount Pictures thanks to David Ellison and his Skydance Productions and Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures. Unfortunately, the latter production banner has now dropped out of the reboot Terminator: Genesis, though she will still have an executive produce credit. Skydance Productions is still sticking around to fund 66% of the project with Paramount forking over the dough for the rest, but those figures may change a bit once it's actually budgeted. The blockbuster franchise was out of the ordinary for Annapurna anyway, so this isn't surprising.
Megan Ellison told Deadline:
“We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities. We love this project and the direction it is going in, but for now Annapurna’s primary focus is to produce independent films. As I am staying on as executive producer, I am looking forward to working closely with David and Paramount to make a film that will live up to the brands’ legacy and one that I know audiences will love.”
As of now, Jason Clarke is on board to play John Connor, the leader of the future revolution against the machines, and Emilia Clarke (no relation) from "Game of Thrones" will play his mother Sarah Connor. An actor still needs to be found for the role of Kyle Reese, who saves Sarah Connor in the original Terminator. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) will be at the helm of the reboot arriving July 1st, 2015.