Paramount Pictures’ The Terminator reboot being compared to Back to the Future Part II…
Even with an April shoot scheduled for the new Terminator film, Terminator: Genesis, plot points have been incredibly slim. Yet, our friends at Moviehole have scrapped together some shocking insider details that reveal the “reboot” takes place in an alternate timeline, as opposed to retelling the exact same story. READ MORE
I, Frankenstein and Divergent‘s Jai Courtney, pictured, has been tapped to play Kyle Reese in Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis, writes Variety.
Explains the Terminator Wiki, Sergeant Kyle Reese is a Resistance soldier from the Tech-Com, serial number DN38416. During the years 2021 to 2027, he served with the 132nd under Justin Perry. In 2027, he joined the leader of the Resistance, John Connor’s Tech-Com fighting unit, where he was assigned recon/security. In the year 2029 he was sent back in time to the year 1984 to protect Sarah Connor from a T-800 Model 101 Terminator. Kyle Reese was the father of John Connor, through the result of a predestination paradox.
Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script in which no plot details have been revealed, other than this is the first film in a stand alone trilogy.
In theaters July 1, 2015, Emilia Clarke is on board to play Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke will play John Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return in his iconic role. Alan Taylor is directing. READ MORE
The studio has selected Emilia Clarke to play Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot, re-teaming with director Alan Taylor, who has worked with Clarke in the HBO series “Game Of Thrones,” says Deadline.
Clarke joins Jason Clarke, who is in negotiations to play her son John Connor in a storyline they’ve heard involved a trip into the future. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back in his signature cyborg role.
Paramount will release the film in July 2015. READ MORE
Variety reports that Skydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures — the shingles behind Paramount’s 2015 Terminator reboot — have teamed to develop a fresh “Terminator” television series, hiring X-Men: First Class (the only good X-Men movie!) scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and exec produce!
The project is said to follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film — where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming television show will take that same moment in a completely different direction. Skydance and Annapurna expect the new “Terminator” TV series and rebooted Terminator film franchise to have intersecting narratives, as well.
Megan Ellison of Annapurna will produce the “Terminator” TV series with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross of Skydance. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier are on board as exec producers.
This won’t be the first time that “Terminator” has received the small screen treatment. “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a spinoff from the film franchise, aired on Fox for two seasons, from 2008-2009. Both Stentz and Miller worked on the drama as producers and scribes.
While no offers have been made, and nothing is imminent, Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures and director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) are looking closely at Emilia Clarke (pictured above; “Game Of Thrones”) and Brie Larson, pictured below, to play the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot that is being assembled for a July, 2015 release.
Both actresses have tested for the producers, and they are the frontrunners. They are told that Clarke has an edge being that she worked with Clarke in HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.” Brie Larson is emerging from distinguished work on the indie film circuit that this year includes Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now.
In some new plot details, they hear that Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn in the original film, will be a character in this version, as will John Connor, so it seems like a jump into the future might be part of the plot line. The completion of this franchise is expected to span at least two films. They are casting the Sarah Connor role before Reese and John Connor. READ MORE
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Alan Taylor is prepping to begin testing actors and actresses for the sci-fi feature project The Terminator, which is being made by Paramount, Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions.
The testing will begin next next week, with Taylor seeing “Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke, pictured above, The Spectacular Now‘s Brie Larson as well as another actress vying for the role of young Sarah Connor. Margot Robbie’s name has also surfaced in connection with the role.
Connor was played by Linda Hamilton in the classic movies directed by James Cameron. The character is the future mother of John Connor, who grows up to be the leader of the human resistance in the war between humanity and cyborgs. READ MORE
Celebrate freedom from Skynet on Fourth of July weekend as Paramount Pictures has set the new Terminator film for Wednesday, July 1, 2015. While it sounds look a surefire hit, the weekend is a bit crowded.
Paramount also officially announced on Monday the rumored title for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, which bows June 27, 2014, Variety reports.
The Terminator film will bow two days ahead of two other studio tentpoles — Sony’s Independence Day 2 and an untitled toon from Universal and Illumination Entertainment.
Summer 2015 has been shaping up to be one of the most competitive summers ever at the box office, with major franchise installments, including Disney-Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Sony’s Smurfs 3, Uni’s Jurassic World and the Batman-Superman mash-up from Warner Bros.
After creating worlds filled with dragons and demi-gods, “Game of Thrones” and Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor looks ready to enter the world of cyborgs.
Sources tell Variety that Taylor is in talks to direct the rebooted The Terminator film for Skydance Productions, Paramount and Annapurna Pictures. I personally have no emotions towards this news as I have yet to see Thor, which I hope gets me excited for this new trilogy.
In theaters June 26, 2015, plot details have not been revealed other than this is the first film in a stand alone trilogy. It is still unknown at this time what part Arnold Schwarzenegger will have in the film, though he has said in past interviews he will be back for the film.
Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with the studio with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.
According to Examiner, Paramount Pictures’ newly acquired The Terminator franchise is taking a major swing at the fences to kick off a new franchise. How will they achieve this? The same way Sony hopes to pass the torch to a new group of Ghostbusters…
The site reports that Terminator 5 may actually be a prequel of sorts: “Incredibly, Arnold Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family.
“One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination,” adds the site.
So who would replace Schwarzenegger as the near-perfect killing machine? How about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? You guys cool with that? I mean, why the hell not, right? He’s one of the few WWE wrestlers to make a legitimate leap from the ring to film, and I’m 100% behind this concept.
The film is being produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as well as David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing the script for the fifth film. READ MORE
Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have set Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to script the next installment of The Terminator franchise, says Deadline. Lussier is the director of My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry. Kalogridis penned Avatar, Shutter Island and Alexander.
Skydance’s David Ellison recently hired the scribes to write an original scifi adventure film, with an idea initiated by Skydance. Megan Ellison paid a fortune for the rights several years ago, and recently teamed with brother David, whose company finds big ticket action films like Terminator to be in its wheelhouse. David, who just produced Jack Reacher, had the relationship with the scribes, though interestingly Kalogridis also is tight with Terminator creator James Cameron.
Oddly enough, the four Terminator films have only grossed $520 million at the boxoffice with a worldwide take around $1.4 billion.
David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have agreed to partner on a fifth Terminator following their joint acquistion of rights from Pacificor, says Variety.
The two company heads will produce and Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake from Skydance will serve as executive producers.
Pacificor, a Santa Barbara-based investment fund with no feature film experience, acquired the rights in a bankruptcy court auction in early 2010 over objections from Sony and Lionsgate. Pacificor agreed to pay $29.5 million, along with a provision for payment to Halycon of $5 million per film for any sequel.
Halcyon paid Mario Kassar $30 million for the Terminator rights in 2007, but then Halcyon filed for Chapter 11 in 2009 as a result of a dispute with Pacificor, which had financed the acquisition. The Terminator assets include the rights to future pics, TV series, DVDs and merchandise.
Terminator Salvation, the fourth film in the franchise, was produced by Halcyon toppers Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking international. It carried a production pricetag of about $200 million and took in $371 million worldwide in 2009.
A spokeswoman for Annapurna said that under new copyright rules, North American rights to The Terminator franchise will revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 — 35 years after the original Terminator was released.
In addition to making action figures based on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, NECA is heading into James Cameron territory as they announced at Toy Fair rights to a slew of new sci-fi horror toys.
First up, we’ll finally see a “Kyle Reese” (played by Michael Biehn) action figure based on the 1984 The Terminator.
NECA has also announced a new Aliens “Warrior” featuring more articulation and removable limbs.
Lastly, the toy company will release a line based on the forthcoming video game “Aliens: Colonial Marines”. In development by Gearbox Software, it is to be published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. The game is a first-person shooter based on the characters and creatures of the Alien franchise, particularly the film Aliens. It is slated for a fall 2012 release. READ MORE