Arnold Schwarzenegger is now formally attached to the next Terminator film, and so is director Justin Lin. Everything is lining up nicely for the project, partly due to Lin’s Fast and Furious 5 raking in a whole lot of dollars at the global box office. I really can’t imagine the producers of Terminator 5 will have much trouble getting the financing together quickly.
Okay, slap on my wrist. I just called it Terminator 5. According to Latino Review, that would be wrong:
Terminator 2012 is the title the pitch is going under right now. It involves time travel back to the present day, and – the exciting and mind-bending part of it all is that it has the “entire original cast” attached to it, not just Arnie.
You may recognise the present-day setting from a report Rich ran before. At that time, we believed that the film was to be set in London, in 2011. Obviously, it’s now going to have to be 2012, at least, and there’s no up-to-date info on the London setting to be had from any of my sources, not quite yet.
As regards the promise of the “entire original cast”, that statement can’t be literally true. But it might mean that Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are being sought to return.
Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, is looking at a lot of film projects, and may have found his next one elsewhere. According to Vulture, the sometime Governor of California (just a reminder, as those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it) is looking to take the starring role in Cry Macho, adapted from the novel by N. Richard Nash. The author penned a screenplay adaptation himself, before passing away, and it seems that his draft will be used in some respect, whether that’s intact or after a secret polish.
Here’s how Vulture set the storyline up:
[Schwarzenegger] will play a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been ignominiously put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’s 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.
Now, this is the fourth or fifth film that Arnie has become attached to in the last month or so, and he obviously can’t make all of them. I’m thinking sheer economic force is going to bring the Terminator movie about, though it is entirely possible Cry Macho or anything else could come in first.
Sooner or later something will start shooting. That’s probably when I’m going to be fully convinced.
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