With both Dwayne "Please Stop Calling Me The Rock" Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger supposedly, maybe, probably in the mix for the next installment of the "Terminator" franchise, this one under the control of art house messiah Megan Ellison ("The Master," "Spring Breakers"), it was only a matter of time before more official-sounding details for the proposed film emerged like a robot hand from a lake of lava. And now it has.
Paramount has announced that "Terminator 5" (they lost the "the," by the way) will be a complete reboot and the first part of a stand-alone trilogy. Let that sink in for a second. Surprised at all? Yeah, us neither.
The new trilogy lead-in will debut on June 26, 2015, effectively making that summer — which already boasts "Avengers 2" and "Star Wars: Episode VII" — into some kind of universe-altering nerd black hole from which there is no escape.
Meanwhile, some of the other details were a little scant; for instance, the press release did not confirm Schwarzenegger or Johnson's involvement and also neglected to name a filmmaker who will take the helm. However, certain previously shelled details were trotted out again, i.e., Laeta Kalorgridis and Patrick Lussier are on board to write the script for it, and Ellison will co-produce the movie with her brother David who runs Skydance (the production company set up at Paramount that has had a hand in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol", "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "World War Z").
"T5" will be distributed by the studio, whose most viable franchise outside of the "Mission: Impossible" movies, is "Paranormal Activity" (yeesh), so they're clearly gonna want this one to work.
Considering that San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, it's an easy bet that there will be at least a few new details dropped there. Who knows? Maybe Ahhhnold will make an appearance just to let everyone know that he'll "be back," like so...
Early reports have suggested that the movie will take place before the events of the first film, possibly even concerning Sarah Connor's parents, which we admit might be pretty cool.
Also worth nothing: supposedly, the "Terminator" rights revert back to original creator James Cameron in 2019, so all three new movies will be produced and released in that burst of time between 2015 and 2019. That's a lot of robots in such a short amount of time.