The first two Terminator films by James Cameron were amazing and are still regarded as such. Then the rights changed hands during a divorce settlement with Sarah Conner herself, promoting a quick sale to the producers of the previous films. Then came Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, which was generally well received but I felt it didn’t have the same greatness the other films had. The film ended with John Conner getting ready to kick some machine butt, so the obvious talk about a fourth film occurred. However, legal issues struck again, preventing the film from starting up.
Variety are reporting that Warner Brothers have brought distributing rights to the film titled Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins…How great is that name! The film is expected to start production early 2008 (as are many films due to possible strike action) and will probably be released sometime in 2009. The bigger news is that a trilogy is being planned.
Producer Moritz Borman said: “The third film was really the conclusion of what happened in the ‘now.’ You will find the most-loved characters, but the intention here is to present a fresh new world and have this be the first of a trilogy.”
A screenplay has been completed by Terminator 3 writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris, and the studio is currently looking for a director. A rumour was circling the web that McG, (Joseph McGinty Nichol) was being considered. McG is the man behind the Charlies Angels films, which doesn’t fill me with hope that he can create a Human vs Machine epic that most people want. Check back for more news about TS:TFB