Arnold Schwarzenegger is now attached to and developing a fifth Terminator movie. This is the same movie that Fast Five director Justin Lin was appointed to direct at one point. He’s since dropped out, I’m not sure where the movie currently stands, but I know they wanted to get it into production soon.
Even though director James Cameron is in no way attached to this next installment in the franchise he discussed it with the action star and offered him some sound advice. Basically, he told him that that he shouldn’t move forward on a new Terminator movie unless it focuses on his character the T-800.
I was talking to him back in fall about a new ‘Terminator’ film and quietly advising on that, I suppose you could say.
I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him. I told him he should not do it until it’s focused on his character or he shouldn’t do it. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven’t even been thought of yet.
It sounds like at the time Schwarzenegger’s character wasn’t the focus of the film if that’s the kind of advice the director was giving. I’m sure there are some great stories for that character! But I think maybe Cameron might be the only guy who could effectively make it happen.
A new Terminator film is definitely going to happen, it’s only a matter of time. I’m excited for Schwarzenegger to jump back into this franchise, but like Cameron, I think the movie needs to be done right. For it to be successful it has to give the fans what they want to see, and I think that’s the T-800. The last we heard they were trying to figure out a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet. I’m not sure if that’s still the plan.