I can’t be the only one who is excited for the upcoming Terminator 5 and 6 movies. The franchise has stumbled but I for one am really looking forward to the upcoming 5th film in the franchise. Call me an optimist but every time they announce a new Terminator movie I keep hoping we will see it go back to its bloody and terrifying roots in the original James Cameron film.
This week it became even more clear that Arnold will be in the upcoming Terminator 5 and 6 movies when he revealed in an interview that the script is finally starting to come together.
Arnold told Yahoo News that after a year and a half of writing the Terminator 5 movie was going firmly in the wrong direction and is is finally according to him back on track. How big of a role Arnold will have in Terminator 5 is unknown but I for one hope that it is a minor one. Although he is the heart of the original franchise if we are going to get back on course he needs to take a step back in Terminator 5. His involvement is really not surprising since no filmmaker wants to do a Terminator movie without the original big mean killing machine.
William Wisher who helped write the original Terminator movie with James Cameron and also co-wrote Terminator 2 was one of the people who was very interested in working on Terminator 5. He actually wrote up a 24 page script treatment according to Deadline which accommodated the storyline of Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.
William Wisher walked away from Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation out of respect for James Cameron but if he was given a chance to contribute to Terminator 5 and 6 he would have taken it back to its time travel roots, introducing new Skynet Terminators and bringing back Linda Hamilton, John Conner and Kyle Reese.
More importantly he would base Terminator 5 and 6 in the midst of the war which is what I have been calling for since Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines. Terminator Salvation sort of did this but I want to see the story start from where John Conner enters the bunker after Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines and show mankind under the steel boots of the machines as they clamber to unite and survive.
Wisher’s take on Terminator 5 not only had Linda Hamilton returning but it also had a role for Arnold Schwarzenegger that Deadline calls as shocking as Arnold’s twist from villain in Terminator 1 to hero in Terminator 2. This part has peaked my interest and has me wondering what on earth could this twist have been.
As far as the potential new Terminators in Terminator 5 go two notable ones included Night Crawlers which are 4 1/2 foot tall border guards that spring up out of the ground like anti personnel mines and fire 10mm rounds from their hands. The second set of new Terminators that appeared in Wisher’s script were shape-shifting cyborgs similar to the T-1000 poly alloy liquid metal terminator only now they can morph together forming much larger single terminators.
Whether William Wisher will have any involvement in Terminator 5 is pretty dubious since we know that Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis is going to write it but that doesn’t mean they can not use some of his potential ideas.
Where would you like to see Terminator 5 go? What do you think Arnolds role should be?