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New Terminator trilogy being developed

Terminator

Story by Jack Foley

THE latest instalment in the Terminator franchise is being made with a view to turning it into a new stand-alone trilogy.

Paramount have revealed their plans even though work on the next film is only at an early stage – no director has been attached and no star other than Arnold Schwarzenegger announced. The film is due for release in June 2015.

It is being written by Shutter Island screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and Drive Angry‘s Patrick Lussier.

Schwarzenegger himself confirmed his return to the franchise while speaking at an event in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month, when he said: “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 former California governor made his name by starring in the first three Terminator films – released in 1984, 1991 and 2003 – before a computer-generated version of the actor appeared in 2009’s Terminator Salvation, which starred Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.

The decision to revive the Terminator franchise yet again shows how Hollywood is increasingly looking to tried and tested franchises for summer blockbusters.

Its current release date, of June 26, puts it into a summer already full of reboots and franchises. It’ll be out a week before Independence Day 2 and two weeks ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Star Wars – Episode 7 is also due to be released around the same time.

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