Arnold Schwarzenegger Returning for a Fifth Terminator?
02.16.11 by Ryan
Actor-turned-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed last month that he plans to return to acting, a decision that surprised no one considering Schwarzenegger already returned in a cameo in The Expendables last year. Less than a week ago, Schwarzenegger Tweeted that he had given his agents the "green light" to get him another acting role, which could be a return to the Terminator franchise.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is looking for another job for Fast Five director Justin Lin and a fifth Terminator movie could be the project. The report says that Universal would ideally pair Lin with Fast Five and Wanted screenwriter Chris Morgan for another attempt at reviving the Terminator franchise.
Schwarzenegger was only a brief part of the fourth installment, Terminator Salvation, with Schwarzenegger's face placed digitally on the body of Roland Kickinger, in what turned out to be the most polarizing sequel in franchise history, receiving mixed reviews while earning $371 million in worldwide box office.
Shortly thereafter, Terminator rights holder Halcyon had to put the rights up for sale which were picked up last February by Pacificor, a Santa Barbara-based hedge fund that was also the holder of Halcyon's debt. Since Pacificor's purchase, a fifth installment has laid dormant, with only Terminator 2: Judgment Day co-writer William Wisher's 24-page treatment for the fifth and sixth Terminator sequels as the only hope for die-hard fans. Wisher's treatment included time travel and the futuristic world of Salvation, but is not a lock for being used in any Terminator sequel.
At this point, no movement on Terminator 5 has truly begun, but if Deadline's report turns out to be true, a fifth Terminator could become a reality. And while Schwarzenegger's age may be a factor, it's assumed that Universal would find some way to include the actor in the sequel of a franchise he helped make famous.