Arnold Schwarzenegger assured "I'll be back" to audiences during his epic Terminator films, and he may hold on to that promise per an official press release from Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions. It seems that Megan and David Ellison are revamping the classic sci-fi films to release a new Terminator trilogy beginning on June 26, 2015. And the best news is inside sources say that Schwarzenegger is likely to return (though no one is certain yet how producers will compensate for his advancing mid 60s age)! In Australia just two weeks ago, Schwarzenegger confirmed to fans: "I'm very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January."
The Ellisons insist the "new" trilogy will be a "rebooted" and "stand-alone" effort independent of the original James Cameron franchise until complete in 2019. Chances are great the robot assassin films will reap huge success much like their predecessors. The original Terminator trilogy earned over $1 billion at the box office upon worldwide release.
Here's the official statement:
"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 Annpurna 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 Schwarzennegger 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 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."
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