Hello all!

I’m very excited to bring today’s Terminator 5 update to you because it’s an official press release concerning the future of the  Terminator franchise. Without any further ado here’s the Official Press Release. (Note the phrasing of the line starting “The first in a stand alone Trilogy” because right after that is the films working title).

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

A Series 800 terminator, a robot-only version ...

A Series 800 terminator, a robot-only version of the cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The main thing that has me totally excited is the phrase “The first in a stand alone trilogy TERMINATOR…”.

A stand alone trilogy is a very interesting concept as it allows the trilogy of films to not affect what’s come before in any way, I am immensely excited by the possibilities that this approach entails. Also since the phraseology of the sentence is structured as it is I’m going with the title simply being TERMINATOR which I really dig.

Now believe me I know there is a huge amount of danger with doing something like this, and Producer Megan Ellison knows that as well. I would be incredibly nervous of this prospect if it was anyone else in control of the franchise rights, but Megan has consistently taken very good care of her acquisitions, she’s tenacious and knows what she wants.

I think all of the whining, screaming, moaning and rudeness being flung about in the comments of other articles like this at the idea that this stand alone Reboot Trilogy could be any more that a big money grabbing experiment and completely devoid of originality are as always jumping the gun.

As a Terminator fan myself I find our fan base to be an extremely entitled sounding group with strongly help opinions and that’s all well and good- but I’d like to think we’re smart enough not to start throwing things under the bus after a very plain announcement with very few details.

In fact the only real things we know, (that we didn’t know before) from the press release are the following:

It’s a Reboot.

The first in a planned  stand alone Trilogy. (Could that possibly be oh I don’t know a trilogy they’ve hmmm PLANNED out or are we so cynical we believe that such a thing cannot be possible at all).

And it has a  release date set for: June 26, 2015. 

Oh and according to sentence structure it’s simply titled TERMINATOR! 

That’s right the increasingly fickle Terminator fan base is, to form no less, throwing an entire production under the bus before it’s even started production. We apparently collectively have a good number of time machines (made out of toasters, refrigerators, hot tubs, Deloreans and other spare parts…like Magic 8 Balls) and have traveled to the future and and have already witnessed the disaster that is to come.

Well not me, and not this blog, I welcome what Megan Ellison is looking to bring to theaters and am looking forward to it with great anticipation. And as we get more data, be it pictures, casting . etcetera we’ll cover it all here carefully and then let TERMINATOR speak for itself.

I’m very excited for what the future holds for the Terminator Franchise! 

Ross Out.

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