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Laeta Kalogridis Writing New Terminator
With Patrick Lussier

18 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Terminator franchise, which has been dormant onscreen since 2009’s Salvation, has nevertheless been clanking away in development. Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison paid a fortune for the rights a few years ago, and has since teamed up with brother David’s Skydance Pictures. Now Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been hired to write a script for the next instalment.

Kalogridis’ name is familiar to fans of Terminator godfather James Cameron because she worked on the script and produced the first Avatar. She also wrote and produced Scorsese's Shutter Island and scripted Alexander for Oliver Stone.

Interestingly, she also has a “Special Thanks” credit on a little film called Dracula 2000, directed by one Patrick Lussier. He’s also been behind such films as Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine and White Noise 2: The Light. David Ellison hired the pair to write something else that’s sci-fi flavoured based on an original idea, but from the sounds of it, a new Terminator film will be their focus.

Megan Ellison is known as the deep-pocketed backer of indie fare such as Zero Dark Thirty and The Master, while David has ties to movies including Jack Reacher and this year’s Star Trek sequel, Into Darkness. It’ll be interesting to see what results from the two collaborating, especially with something as popular as the Terminator series.


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Arnold Not Playing A T-800 In New Terminator?
On IMDb, it says it's "rumored" that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be playing a T-1000 in Terminator 5 (that's a liquid metal Terminator for those of you that don't know). I haven't heard that mentioned anywhere. That's something he hasn't done before, could be interesting. More

Posted by BenTramer at 19:56 on 20 January 2013 | Report This Post

'Acknowledgment to the works of Harlan...'
Ellison... that name rings a bell ;) More

Posted by Litshttam at 22:11 on 19 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 2029 Or Bust
They really should just let it lie now.Salvation didnt break any box office records so i dont thnk people are screaming for a new Terminator film. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 19:08 on 19 January 2013 | Report This Post

2029 Or Bust
Fans have been hoping for a movie set entirely in 2029 with the future war and mankind's final victory over Skynet. In the Terminator books, there's a really good bit where the Terminators all freeze because the Skynet central computer has been destroyed by the victorious rebels. I'd also like to see more of the extermination camps that Michael Biehn mentioned in Terminator 1 but I think the investment people want a kiddie-friendly rating to make more money, so we'll probably never see the full More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:15 on 19 January 2013 | Report This Post

Re: War against the machines.
Umm...you're describing the plot of Terminator Salvation More

Posted by launcelot at 17:39 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

War against the machines
I would really love to see the Skynet system gaining awareness and the battle between humans and the machines. We have only ever had snippets of this in the movies and I for one would love to see John Connor commanding his troops, sending Kyle back and then the resulting destruction of Skynet after all the past events have been re written More

Posted by spamfiend at 13:02 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

Can't help but get my hopes up...
... because Terminator is so cool, despite the quality of the non-Cameron films. 3 was a star vehicle for Arnie and 4 was so very nearly good, but it didn't seem to know what or even who it was about. The best director in the world can't make a poor script interesting. With a strong, compact story any Terminator movie could be brilliant, but my personal choice would be for it to be aimed at adults. We need more grown-up genre movies. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:36 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: absolutely won't be turned down
L: rudyalapag i am ready for another round for TERMINATOR and that is TERMINATOR 5. and it absolutely won't be turned down, EVER. until whomever's gonna direct it right. sp; Erm... what? More

Posted by AxlReznor at 08:28 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

absolutely won't be turned down
i am ready for another round for TERMINATOR and that is TERMINATOR 5. and it absolutely won't be turned down, EVER. until whomever's gonna direct it right. More

Posted by rudyalapag at 01:20 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This needs to be hard R again!
No more crap, any rating would be nice. Laser battles or GTFO. More

Posted by rich at 00:56 on 18 January 2013 | Report This Post

This needs to be hard R again!
No more teenage PG-13 crap, please! More

Posted by kielerkai at 20:52 on 17 January 2013 | Report This Post

It will never happen but....
I've always thought the Robcop vs Terminator comic should make the step up to movieland... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoboCop_Versus_The_Termina tor_(comics) More

Posted by bdgr at 20:43 on 17 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: The franchise has gone to shit.
L: calumnorth I could honestly write a better script than any Hollywood scribe, o and write one then. More

Posted by Whistler at 20:37 on 17 January 2013 | Report This Post

The franchise has gone to shit.
I could honestly write a better script than any Hollywood scribe, V needs to be taken back to it's roots. More

Posted by calumnorth at 20:25 on 17 January 2013 | Report This Post

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