Following the success of Fast Five ($600m worldwide) director Justin Lin suddenly found himself in demand. He signed a two-year production deal with Universal (which involved directing Fast Six), a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV to develop TV projects, and became the director of choice for Terminator 5 following discussions with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
However, the problem for Lin is that both Fast Six and Terminator 5 are priority projects for those involved, and with both hoping to get started next year Lin has had to leave the Terminator franchise behind. For now.
Things are starting to move on The Terminator franchise, but a plan by rights owner Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger to put the first of two pictures in production for the fourth quarter of 2012 has forced director Justin Lin to drop out. But borrowing the film’s signature phrase “I’ll be back,” Lin has left the door open to a return if Ellison and Schwarzenegger will wait until he completes the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.
The rush to continue the Terminator franchise is mainly due to the fact in 2018 the Terminator rights will revert back to James Cameron, who directed the first two films, but until then whoever holds the rights has time to make at least two more movies. True Grit producer Megan Ellison bought the rights back in May, and is now hoping to get a screenwriter, director and studio involved so production can begin in late-2012.