Is Terminator 5 set to carry on after all?

News Ryan Lambie
3 Jun 2011 - 17:24

New rumours say that Justin Lin’s Terminator 5 project isn’t on hold after all, in spite of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent personal problems…

Despite all the media fuss surrounding Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal life of late, it seems that Justin Lin’s Terminator reboot could be carrying on regardless.

Producer and current property holder Megan Ellison is still pushing to get the film made with or without the former Governor of California’s involvement, and although the latest reports suggest that the story currently proposed has a fairly big part for Arnold to fill, he’s not necessarily the main focus of its events.

According to What’s Playing, the fifth Terminator movie will be rooted around a younger male lead, with rumours suggesting that a name that is repeatedly mentioned is Paul Walker, who’s worked with Justin Lin on the Fast & Furious franchise.

Lin himself has stated that there may be a place in his Terminator movie for another Fast & Furious actor, Vin Diesel, though this doesn’t mean he’d necessarily be playing the lead role, of course.

It’s possible, then, that the resulting Terminator 5 could see Paul Walker taking up Michael Biehn’s old role as Kyle Reese, with Vin Diesel plodding around as some sort of beefy sidekick (or maybe cyborg), and Arnold Schwarzenegger dropping in for a brief cameo.

What’s Playing suggests the film could be similar to JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, with younger actors taking up the roles of characters from the earlier movies.

In terms of box-office and critical reception, the Terminator movies have been in gradual decline since the dizzying high of Judgment Day 20 years ago. Will the involvement of Lin, Diesel and Walker in the fifth Terminator movie see it slide further into B-picture territory? We sincerely hope not.

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