Terminator franchise could be resurrected by Justin Lin

Fast Five director interested


The Terminator could finally be back. If Universal have anything to do with it, that is.

After reports last year that the rights to the Terminator franchise, long in contention, went to Pacificor for $29.5m, Universal are looking to approach the company about resurrecting the franchise with director Justin Lin at the helm.

After McG took an underwhelming stab at the series in 2009 with Terminator Salvation, the future of the franchise looked uncertain. While McG has always been keen on creating a trilogy, it seems that has now officially fallen into the gutter.

Sad, because his ideas for bringing Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick back into the mix sounded relatively interesting – even if Salvation left much to be desired.

Most interestingly is the possibility that Lin, best known for his work on the Fast And Furious films, could be working from the awesome-sounding script treatments by James Cameron collaborator William Wisher. He'd be crazy not to.

As any fans of the first two Terminator films will know, the future is never certain. Let's see where this road takes us.

Terminate? Or resuscitate? What do you think needs to happen to the Terminator franchise? Tell us below...


    • nacho316

      Feb 16th 2011, 9:24

      Should have been termintated after 3 salvation was a big pile of contrived, implausible s**te

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    • Krooshlash

      Feb 16th 2011, 9:53

      Saved? Are you having a laugh? Is anything sacred in Hollywood? (stupid question) This really sums up the thinking of movie execs stateside. The last one was absolute garbage, and the one before that. does anyone actually care about this "franchise" (like stephen fry said at the Baftas, a truly deplorable word" God forbid someone at least trys to do something original. Aliens v Predator v Terminator next... Pathetic

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    • sp4cej0ckey

      Feb 16th 2011, 14:13

      hmmm..The people in charge of Universal dont seem to have a clue. They give one of the most lucrative science fiction movie franchises of all time to the directors of Charlies Angels 2 and fast n furious???...2 of the cr4ppest films ever made

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 16th 2011, 14:15

      he must of been on the bottom of a very large list, beneath Uwe Boll as well as prono and snuff directors

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 16th 2011, 15:27

      I believe Terminator could still work if it was brought back to it's gritty roots and given a small budget, someone like Duncan Jones would be great for it. It'll never work on a large scale unless Cameron is the director, and he's already made it clear he'll never make another one.

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    • bobbyfett

      Feb 16th 2011, 18:52

      ER, TF, your quote is on the box of the dvd saying "the terminator story recharges with a post-apocalyptical jolt of energy" and gave it 4 stars and now you have changed your minds? stick to your guns! i think its a good film and bought it because you said so, so you were right first time.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 16th 2011, 19:02

      To be fair, T4: Salvation started out promisingly, with its Fallout-esque feel of desolation and like Wolverine, its trailer was the best thing about it, but then it fell foul of the 'pg-13' factor that killed off the Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Mad Max and Robocop series, i dont see this changing, which is sad and ironic since most 13 year olds prefer to see 18-rated films.. Anyway Neil Blomkamp is the only one who can do it justice..

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    • marc96

      Feb 16th 2011, 22:07

      firstly i just want to i thought salvation was ok, i just dont think that any terminator film can live up to terminator. with T2 it had everything, fantastic cast, great story & score & the overall style & look of the film is something i haven't seen in many films.... but also with this film the terminator "franchise" had a good ending & it felt finished. Until people saw a chance to cash in and make the very average terminator 3... there shouldnt be anymore

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    • MadMatt

      Feb 16th 2011, 23:14

      I find it truly baffling that one of the most iconic sci-fi/action franchises ever keeps getting saddled with such mediocre directors. If they can get the likes of Aronofsky interested in a Wolverine spinoff, surely a chance to restart the Terminator series must appeal to one or two classy filmmakers out there? Maybe Lin works cheap, I don't know. I kind of wish they'd just leave it alone; the first two films are classics and we don't need any more.

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    • DravenCage

      Feb 17th 2011, 22:01

      @ Krooshlash - "God forbid someone at least trys to do something original." I know what you mean. It's like the time Heat, Man on Fire or The Bourne Identity came out and all the reviews were complaining about how the films sucked and instead of retreading old ground, the studios should have made something original. Oh, wait, my mistake; they never said that because those movies were fantastic, even if the story had been done before. It sticks in my craw whenever people harp on about originality over revisiting a familiar setting or story. Being original doesn't automatically make a film great (or even good), just the same as being a piece taken from an earlier set of works doesn't automatically make something horrid. Even sticking with the Terminator series of films, if all we had to work with was original ideas, we wouldn't have had the class that was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In fact, some would argue we wouldn't have had the first film either. We also wouldn't have had the glorious Hammer version(s) of Dracula, the current version of True Grit or the outstanding Toy Story 3.

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    • TheEnigma

      Feb 18th 2011, 9:49

      * What made the first 2 Movies so engrossing was the feeling of being pursued by something that wouldn't stop... * If they are gonna revisit this "franchise", they need to remind themselves that the story doesn't have to be limited to, or revolve around Jon Connor, and his destiny... * Who made the original Terminators, who designed Time Travel, at what exact point did the machines finally rise up and become the dominant species...? so many questions, so many plot holes to fill... maybe a chance to answer these questions in a new movie... * Maybe even go with a different band of rebels out in the Apocalyptic Wasteland, dispensing of Terminators with reckless abandon (I like this idea)... * Agree with Hadouken, PG13 kills off the "realness" in these movies...

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    • Jacsiss

      Feb 19th 2011, 4:00

      I thought Salvation was excellent. As an avid Terminator follower possibly the most irritating thing is not having the franchise continued. Salvation was a broad stroke at the integration of past and present and frankly the excellent performances from both Christian Bale as Conner and Sam Worthington were awesome. Not to mention how utterly compelling it was to meet these characters at this point. I would like to see McG continue he did a fantastic job with Salvation. Have I mentioned I think Salvation was awesome?

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