It's official: Terminator 5 is a reboot. What that means, exactly, I don't know as the word 'reboot' has lost all real meaning in recent years. Does that mean this version of Terminator will retread the ground of the 1984 original (thus making it more of a remake) or is it going to be create its own story from scratch? It isn't like the premise of Terminator is so deep that you have a lot of room to play within it - a robot from the future comes back to kill the leader of a resistance movement before he's born.
If there are any hints in this official press release, I've missed them:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 27, 2013) – Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.
Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.
Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.
There was a rumor that Terminator 5 would be set in the 40s or 50s, with a Terminator likely going back to kill John Connor's grandfather or grandmother. I like that, even if it's a little silly. That could count as a reboot, I guess, especially if they go Star Trek on it and have the first film in the new trilogy reset the timeline so that the original Terminator doesn't even happen. Or something.
I only know two things:
1) Megan Ellison and Annapurna are involved, which makes me very hopeful. In fact she is the only thing in this press release that makes me hopeful, and I even like the writers they've hired.
2) They're missing an opportunity to get this motherfucker out for Terminator's 30th anniversary.
The press release doesn't mention Arnold Schwarzenegger, but there have been enough reports of his involvement lately that I'm inclined to believe he'll show up.