Writer reveals Terminator 5 & 6 story ideas

Former Cameron collaborator might be back...


Unimpressed with McG’s attempted reboot of the Terminator film franchise?

Well, despite the Charlie’s Angels director expressing an interest in taking his jump-started story and spreading it across two more films, another player has entered the Terminator arena and made a bid for the franchise.

That player is William Wisher.

Wisher collaborated with James Cameron on the first two Terminator flicks (i.e. the good ones), and he’s drafted a franchise-capping 24-page treatment for a proposed Terminator 5, as well as a 4-page “concept outline” for Terminator 6.

Deadline Hollywood took a peek at Wisher’s work, and have nothing but praise for what the scribe has cooked up.

Say they: “Most interestingly, [Wisher] turns the story back to the core characters and time travel storyline of the first two films.”

Apparently the plot for T5 factors in Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, using a time travel MacGuffin that allows them “to interact beyond their single fateful meeting when he traveled back in time to protect her in the original film”.

There’s also a role for Arnie that puts a new twist on his gun-toting character, and plenty of “firepower” throughout.

It remains to be seen if newly victorious Terminator franchise owners Pacificor will hire Wisher to bring the film series to a conclusion, but on the basis of Deadline’s report, they’d be idiots not to.

Is it time to put this series to bed? Do we need two more films to do so? Please, talk…

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 12th 2010, 8:37

      Awful awful ideas . McG should be allowed to finish his trilogy.

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    • Dortmunder70

      Feb 12th 2010, 8:47

      oh I agree McG should complete his Charlie's Angels trilogy. I'm all for William Wisher's involvement, should've happened in 2003 though.

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    • reviwer

      Feb 12th 2010, 9:55

      I think the Terminator franchise should now be put on the shelf T3 and 4 were both poor.

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    • sipodshow

      Feb 12th 2010, 12:13

      If you Listen to the Sipodshow podcast on itunes there is a terminator salvation review with an audio trailer at the end for Terminator 5; what if john connor has to go back in time to stop kyle reece (while kyle is in the 80's protecting sarah) because kyle was turned into a terminator (Marcus Wright style) while he was kidnapped by skynet in salvation. so John connor has to go back into the original movie and stop kyle (cos he doesnt know he is a robot) and the original arnie. have a listen its funny!

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    • joshwinning

      Feb 12th 2010, 19:13

      Am I the only one who wants to see Linda Hamilton kick robot a*s again?

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    • DonisFun

      Feb 12th 2010, 20:34

      The story should go like.... John Conner gets to Skynet uploads Windows Vista, Skynet can't handle the fact it has been give an operating system that is meant to be so advanced but yet slows everything down! John then finds the badly CGI designed Arnie Terminator, a 'Benny Hill' chase scene happens! John Connor falls over, breaks his neck, dies! Skynet shuts down because they can't get hold of a Windows engineer to help solve their problem with Vista! The End!

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    • DanielMcA

      Feb 18th 2010, 22:07

      I think 5 & 6 will be quite boring so I'll wait for 7, 8 & 9.

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    • hookise

      Apr 5th 2012, 14:51

      I thought it would be fairly simple - Start in the T4 universe and have John Connor sending Kyle Reese back in time wiht the help of Skynet's head scientists (just happens to be Robert Patrick whose assistant is Arnie), except Kyle gets killed - because the Kyle Reese from Salvation CAN'T be the Kyle Reese that the original John Connor sent back in time since that time line no longer exists. (see date of Judgement Day for evidence). John eventually figures out that he has to kill his own mother before the original Terminator was sent so that he can stop the timeline from ever having been created. Skynet sends a Terminator back in time to PROTECT Sarah Connor because it's now figured out that it needs Sarah Connor to be alive in order for the whole Judgement Day timeline (the Terminator wouldn't exist unless it had been sent back in the first place). And so we have a complete reversal where John is trying to kill his mother before he's ever born and the Terminator is trying to protect her to make sure it exists. The ending? Not telling -someone would have to pay me to write it first :)

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