I found a really awesome image to use for this article…I guess that’s where the good news ends. Last month, we were told that they hired David Ellison to co-produce the next film in the franchise through Skydance and Annapurna Pictures. Now it’s been reported that they hired two writers with admittedly less-than-stellar credentials. One is Laeta Kalogridis, who worked on the screenplay for “Shutter Island,” “Alexander,” and the pilot episode of “Bionic Woman.” The other one is Patrick Lussier, who wrote “Drive Angry” and got a story credit for “Dracula 2000.” If you thought Terminator could ever return to its Terminator/Terminator 2 form, then it’s time to stop dreaming. Sure, I could end up eating my words later, but no amount of apathy or disappointment is unwarranted after suffering through the debauchery that was Terminator: Salvation and reading writing credits such as these in the same article where they discuss the future installment.
We don’t even know if this will be a continuation of Salvation, or if anybody from the previous films are returning. There’s literally no direction and I feel that’s a good indicator of where this franchise is heading. Some people say they ought to leave this franchise alone and some are asking for a reboot. I can’t say I necessarily belong to either camps, but I understand where they’re coming from. This franchise will never become what James Cameron had envisioned and enticed us with back in the days, so perhaps it now belongs in our memories as a relic of the 90’s. If they wanted to continue the story of Salvation and move onto the machine war chapter, then I feel they waited too long to get back in production. By now, they’ve lost all momentum and there is no interest lingering in the air. Since the last time we saw a Terminator movie, we’ve had bigger and better summer blockbuster films that put any yearning for good ol’ T-800 to rest. So if indeed they decide to go forward with this project, I feel a reboot is the only way to go. But in all honesty, I feel they’re kind of late for that party as well. Robocop is already moving forward with a sexier look, to much scrutiny, so Terminator would only be following suit and since they’re a rival franchise of sort, they would only be inviting comparisons. There are only lose-lose options left for the clunky metal skeleton that used to capture our imaginations.
Actually, there’s ONE idea that might make this work…
Written by Daniel Lee