There’s been some major movement on The Terminator franchise the last few days. With Arnold Schwarzenegger out of office as the governor of California and fielding acting offers, interest in reviving the series has kicked up.
Hedge fund Pacificor picked up the rights to the franchise last year in a fire sale, and nobody has been showing much interest. But now Universal is stepping up to the table, and they want to bring Justin Lin - the mastermind behind some of the films in the Fast & Furious series - in to direct.
What would a fifth Terminator look like? Would it reflect the continuity of Terminator: Salvation? Would it be a reboot of the first? Would it be something totally different? These are questions I’m marginally interested in.
I think Salvation is going to get a little more respect in the future; it’s infinitely better than Rise of the Machines and people still defend that one. If the movie had kept the original ending (which was ruined by some jerks on the internet) it might have actually been a ballsy, interesting move for the franchise. Instead the movie is a bridge film, which can be mostly ignored if the series decides to stick in the post-Apocalyptic timeframe.