McG Gets a Green Light from Halcyon for Terminator 5
by Alex Billington
December 14, 2008
The Halcyon Company, who currently owns the franchise rights to Terminator, has already greenlit the fifth film in the Terminator series, following the currently in-production Terminator Salvation. McG, who is directing Salvation, is already working with Halcyon and will return for the fifth film, which is currently slated to arrive in 2011 - a short two years after Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22nd this upcoming summer. Christian Bale is also officially signed on to reprise his role as John Connor in a planned trilogy. This is definitely great news for those who are already excited for McG's Terminator.
When Halcyon originally picked up the rights to the franchise last year, they announced that they were planning for another trilogy, but were waiting until Salvation hit theaters to decide whether or not to actually move forward with more films. However, positive studio, fan and media reactions to footage, including the latest trailer, have encouraged them to move forward ahead of schedule. "We feel the time is now to start shaping the next part of this," Halcyon exec Victor Kubicek said. And if that means working out story details for a complete trilogy now, before this latest film is even finished, then I'm all for it.
I know I'm not the only one who thought the latest full trailer looked great. A lot of fans thought this franchise was pretty much dead after a lackluster Terminator 3 in 2003, but obviously the execs at Halcyon are quite smart and knew there was a lot more left here. Secondly, I think it was a very inspired choice to cast Christian Bale, especially after The Dark Knight did so well. And to top it all off, I think this is one of those franchises that McG was born to direct, it just took 8 years for him to actually get there. With both of them back I don't think we have anything to be worried about. Bring on a new Terminator trilogy!
Reader Feedback - 20 Comments
great news indeed!
Anastasios-Antonios Toulkeridis on Dec 15, 2008
I for one think McG was a good choice. They guy knows how to shoot action - and Terminator should be all about action. The cast rocks. Bale, Common, Worthington, etc... Brint it!
T9000 on Dec 15, 2008
Wow - great news. Interesting - most of my friends and myself already thought about a next film. Hopefully Terminator Salvation will be as great as many people think...
Alper Iseri on Dec 15, 2008
So I guess no Wonder Woman for McG! This is going to be interesting for Christian Bale that's for sure. A Batman trilogy and a Terminator trilogy under his belt? Hellyes!
heath on Dec 15, 2008
it doesn't matter how many Terminator Movies they shoot...it won't beat the first 2 !
BaDGuY on Dec 15, 2008
I think Halcyon is smarter than you think Alex since they hired Bale even before Dark Knight came out...they had no idea it was going to be so successful turning their lead actor into a superstar...they more than likely chose him because of his acting skills rather than on name recognition..since Bale hasn't been a big name in Hollywood even with Batman Begins
Christopher Marc on Dec 15, 2008
I just hope they have Paul Haggis, Johnathan Nolan and Shawn Ryan return to write...because they're going to need a solid script and story if they want a third movie...
Christopher Marc on Dec 15, 2008
Christian Bale? What about Same Worghinton or whatever is his name? Isn't he like, the lead?
Darunia on Dec 15, 2008
No Sam Worthington is not the lead - But he's the lead in James Cameron's new movie "Avatar" - which won't be out till next year. Not bad for an Aussie with only 3 films under his belt. He got the gig for T4 because Cameron loved him, and recommended him to McG.
Trent on Dec 15, 2008
On ya Sam Wertho! she's all apples mate hope i see ya at the pub n we can have a sling and some beers ya mug haha bloody terminator aiy!.....aiy!
werdnafaz on Dec 15, 2008
Who knows, John Conner might even be killed off in T5 to leave the story to finish up in T6. We all know John Conner dies before the war is finished, right?...... right?
Marcus on Dec 15, 2008
Dunno why, but this movie gives me a Matrix 2 & 3 vibe, especially the idea that it's going to be another "blockbuster" trilogy (read: lame attempt to cash in as quickly as possible before people tire of the craze).
Pete the Geek on Dec 15, 2008
Im confused, i thought this was going to be the final movie in the series? (T1-T4)
dac_fan on Dec 15, 2008
I really like the idea of a new trilogy. You simply cannot go too wrong with Bale, i've seen most of his movies and they are all good.
Scott McHenry on Dec 15, 2008
I think everyone is overrating McG big time. He's a music video director. He really shouldn't be making movies outside the likes of Charlie's Angels (which is a guilty pleasure of mine). Terminator lost its way after T2. I think trying to reboot the franchise so soon after the last one; only five years ago was T3, is a bad idea. Let people forget about it for a while and bring it back in like a decade or so for the earliest.
Conrad on Dec 15, 2008
Conrad - you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. People keep referring to T2 - and I can understand why - BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A JAMES CAMERON MOVIE! People need to stop living in the past with what Cameron did, and start embracing this new spin on the Terminator universe. McG was an inspired choice because he's not only a huge fan, he's an accomplished director. Plus, the script had some pretty heavy writers on it. So I for one think it's going to be awesome - but it's not a James Cameron movie. Enjoy it for what it is.
Trent on Dec 15, 2008
I agree with Trent completely. I have been waiting to see the future War since I was 12 years old. This movie is going to rock! Christian Bale is phenominal in everything he does and I have heard McG and the writers are huge fans. Sometimes that's all it takes. The vision was created by James Cameron but will be continued by McG. Cameron wanted to end the series after 2, and I admit 3 was a mistake. But the storyline and idea for the future war was created by cameron and would definitely be a great sight to see on the big screen.
ROB on Dec 16, 2008
Plus, Cameron has seen a rough cut and loved it. So he he's down, so am I.
Trent on Dec 17, 2008
Sorry Alex, but casting Christian Bale in the lead isn't "inspired". It's "safe".
Manfred Powell on Dec 24, 2008
I really hope that this news of them already planning out the next film is still true. I know opening weekend is a little below their hopes. I personally really like the new film over all. True there was narrative issues with focus between Marcus and John. I felt John Connor should have been much more prominent then he was. They just need to make sure that in the sequel the focus is more on John and Kyle. While I definitely think that they should find a way of bringing Marcus back he needs to take a back seat to John Connor and Kyle Reese. They need to be the focus. Marcus should serve a similar role that Han Solo did in Star Wars. Han Solo may be the one people relate with the most but Star Wars is really more about the Skywalker family with Luke and Leia. I just hope that this movie makes back its money. Its definitely the best thing out there right now. It pays great respect to the material, the characters, the story, and the fans. That's more then I can say for the over rated Star Trek. Everyone should go and check this out.
filmguy on May 24, 2009
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