Next Terminator Film A Reboot, Planned As First In New Trilogy

terminator skeletonThough they’re apparently keeping Arnold Schwarzenegger, a new press release from Paramount explicitly calls the next Terminator film a reboot, and a reboot called Terminator no less. With no The.

A reboot In the Star Trek sense, maybe, where a bit of time travel can rewire the continuity? Seems like a perfect opportunity, and perhaps a way to explain the persistance of Arnie.

The press release also tells us that this new film will be the first part in a “stand-alone trilogy.” There’s just time to get three films done and out, I suppose, before copyright laws mean the rights revert to James Cameron in 2019 and he, I dunno, puts them on the mantelpiece or something, never to be used again.

We can look forward to the new reboot, produced by AnnaPurna pictures and distributed by Paramount on June 2016 2015.

Yes, 2015. The very centre of geek cinema’s space time continuum.

But that’s not even two years away. Not quite. They’ll reportedly get rolling in the new year, and I’d expect more news out of Comic Con.

Here’s the full press release:

Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.

Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.

Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.