Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures Pulls Out of 'Terminator: Genesis'

January 23, 2014
Source: Deadline


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.

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


This movie smells of failure already. I bet they actually pulled out because of how stupid this is going to turn out and them not wanting a part of the blame. Terminator: Genesis, what are they even on!? Just give us a Terminator vs Robocop movie or a Terminator vs Aliens vs Predator movie and it will be awesome okay guys.

Damon King on Jan 23, 2014


Oh ye of little faith. Tis it not the great and grand Alan Taylor at thy helm? Stay strong puny human, for many of us still hold faith.

Trey Wilson on Jan 24, 2014


LOL, I have more faith in the Robocop reboot than the Terminator movies they've been awful since Rise Of The Machines. On another note, I vote Luke Mitchell to play Kyle Reese he looks exactly like Michael Biehn back in his youth when he played the character. It's just weird how Luke Mitchell embodies his mannerisms an exact clone I say.

BinaryChaos on Jan 24, 2014


With the reboot of Robocop that's not a bad idea a lot of people would clamor to see a Robocop vs. Terminator type movie and with both franchises failing on all fronts it would be smart for the studios to collaborate on the idea. You know what's funny too Arnold was originally chosen to play Robocop as well but they dropped the idea of him thinking the suit would be too bulky with him in it.

BinaryChaos on Jan 24, 2014


Hollywood making Terminator vs Robocop is the only reason I'm even remotely interested in these reboots but somehow i think that if they did make it, it wouldn't be as good as the Sega genesis video game.

Jon Garza on Jan 24, 2014


No bad news here, just let the damn thing go.. do something else

Tester on Jan 24, 2014


I just can't see Jason Clarke playing John Connor... sorry, I just can't. As I far I know, or at least on IMDB, it has been officially confirmed that he has even been casted. Can anyone else back this up?

DarthVerous on Jan 24, 2014


I dont know about that as of yet. The guy has a pretty good resume' and is pretty charismatic. But i have to admit that im skeptical about this new franchise. I actually liked Salvation and thought that movie had brought it back to life but i guess not. Unfortunately tho, something like this wont just die, theres always gonna be another label trying to pick up the rights to just keep pumping them out. Nothing much we can do about it but perhaps not voluntarily watch em.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 24, 2014


I liked Salvation as well. Christian Bale played a very believable John Conner IMO. Yes, people will still criticize about this film and about 3 and how awful they both are. Everyone, has their own opinion. The only thing that bugged me in Salvation was that it didn't explain how John Conner and the Resistance was able to obtain that much military technology after Judgment Day... to me, that shouldn't even be possible. Most cities where destroyed, and it would have taken years to gather up all of the military weaponry before Skynet considered it to be a threat and decided to blow it all up.

DarthVerous on Jan 24, 2014


I think what happened is that they (Resistance) probably found secret bunkers full of ammo caches and equipment which imho doesnt sound too far fetched. Also, i liked Salvation.

Jon Garza on Jan 24, 2014


Just getting tired of all the John Connors. Surely there were other / better / more original stories to be told in the Terminator universe. Something involving the resistance in the post d-day time period would have been nice a-la Salvation - but maybe not solely centralized on Connor.

avconsumer2 on Jan 24, 2014


Yeah i agree, it could be expanded more. Perhaps maybe more on how Skynet takes over and how it operates and what not. I still think Edward Furlong should of just been in part 3, but maybe he saw the script and thought it was horrible lol. My personal opinion, I think Gerard Butler could pull off a damn good post-d-day John Connor.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 24, 2014


Just Needs True Creative Smart Captivating Sensible Story

Ehsan Davodi on Jan 24, 2014


They need to stop! After Terminator 2 (James Cameron) the rest are bs at best.

TyeFighterPilot on Jan 26, 2014

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