‘Terminator 5′ Will Start a New Trilogy of Termination on June 26, 2015
Paramount has officially dated 'Terminator 5' and announced that it's the start of a new trilogy of 'Terminator' films. Though no casting besides Arnold Schwarzenegger has been made official, the sequel is set to start shooting in January, with plans to hit screens June 26, 2015.
2015 is already getting crowded, as 'T5' will come out a week before 'Independence Day 2' and two weeks before 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5.' Though 'Star Wars - Episode 7' is still without a release date, it's likely to come out in May, which means summer 2015 will be packed with blockbusters, as it also will have 'The Avengers 2' (which is scheduled to hit screens May 1) and it's possible that we'll get 'Man of Steel 2' as well.
But the big news is that this is the start of a rebooted stand-alone trilogy, which the makers hope to finish off before the rights revert back to James Cameron in 2019. It used to be that big blockbusters would try to make trilogies, and they're attempting that here, but they're also hoping to get to the seventh film in the franchise. That's a sequel number that used to be associated primarily with horror films.
As for the reboot factor, and how much cannon will be respected or ignored is unknown, though it seems likely that they'll mostly just ignore the last two sequels, and that the official title will be something like 'Terminator: The Dawn of Termination.'
Here's the press release in full:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 27, 2013) – 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 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.