Arnold Schwarzenegger eyeing return to 'Terminator' franchise, but he needs to see a script first

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He’ll be back… if the script is right. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given Hollywood agency CAA approval to discuss a potential new Terminator movie with studios, a source close to the star confirms to EW, but until Schwarzenegger sees a script and specifics about the project, he will not fully commit to it. Director Justin Lin (who helmed this weekend’s Fast Five) is reportedly attached to direct the film, but it does not yet have a screenwriter.

The rights to the franchise were sold to hedge fund Pacificor last year in a deal worth $29.5 million after Halcyon Holding — which had acquired the franchise in 2007 — declared bankruptcy. Sony and Lionsgate had attempted to jointly bid for the property, but the bankruptcy judge awarded it to the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hedge fund management company instead. 

The most recent film in the sci-fi franchise, 2009’s Terminator Salvation, grossed $371 million worldwide, but did not star Schwarzenegger (although his computer-generated likeness did make a brief cameo in the film’s final act). The former California governor’s last starring role was in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (global gross: $433 million), and he continues to be strongly identified with the cybernetic assassin that helped propel him to superstardom. EW reported exclusively last month that Schwarzenegger’s first post-governor gig would be the animated series The Governator, a play off of the title combining “governor” and “Terminator” that became synonymous with his tenure running California’s government before he even had the job. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger told EW last month. With so many speculating over what live-action role he will take on first now that he’s left the governor’s mansion, it’s not a huge surprise that while the 63-year-old is done being governor, he may not quite be done being the terminator. (Reporting by Benjamin Svetkey)

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  • shamonfrom the bx

    First and best news im a huge fan and lets get vin or the rock in the movie .

    • Tom

      well he said he would be back

  • Dave

    Wasn’t Terminator Salvation supposed to be the first in a new trilogy of the franchise? Did they abandon that idea?

    • Mike

      probably, the thing sucked

      • Eric

        I very strongly disagree with you. I thought Salvation was actually a REALLY good movie. It deviated from the formulas of the previous films but I think it needed to. Great action scenes; kept faithful to every ounce of history built in by the previous films and advanced the story.

        Don’t know what you were looking for but the movie was great.

      • The Dude

        The problem with Salvation was the marketing. They gave away the twist in the story in the first trailer that was released. Without the impact of that twist the movie lost a good bit of its momentum. If they hadn’t have ruined that twist the movie would have been 10 times better.

      • Denise

        Bale was NOT John Connor, he ruined the whole thing for me. Also, whoever played Katherine Brewster, forgettable.

      • ryan

        I actually thought T.S. had the best FX, action, and acting by far out of ANY of the Terminator movies. It just suffered from the worst plot; all that stupid time travel crap is what still keeps me from seeing it all the way through. Aside from the terrible plot though, it was the best.

  • Voice of Reason

    No, just no. GrandpaTerminator

    • 867-5309

      Exactly what I was saying as I read the article – no, just no.

  • Al

    Awesome!

  • A

    His computer-generated cameo in Salvation was the only good part of that movie.

  • Ogram

    Arnold, enough already – there is something to be said for aging gracefully.

  • DebY

    Arnold has my vote….Hell yes!

  • from what

    After what he did to California he should be banned.

    • Jay

      For a republican, he didn’t do TOO bad. lol

  • BG 17

    Maybe if the story centered on the creation of the T-800 and Arnie played someone instrumental in its creation – hence the likeness to his younger self. If he plays an actual Terminator, it could only be for laughs…

    • Stephen Hawking

      There was a deleted scene in T3 where Arnold played Sgt. Candy, a soldier who is used as the physical model for the T-800 skin design. Check it out on You Tube for a giggle.

      • Eric

        Yeah, and he’s got this high pitched squeak voice; then this general guy has Arnold’s actual voice.

  • Mike

    He should go hang out with Danny Devito on It’s always Sunny in Philedelphia

  • ks

    knew he’d be back! yea!

  • jpratm

    great . california jacked up now he wants more money.

  • Canadian

    How will they explain a machine aging?

  • Mister Falcon

    Will his wheel chair be made out of that cool metal stuff?

  • King Olaf the XVIII

    I think he’d terminate on the crapper.

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