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Alan Taylor in Talks to Reboot Both ‘Terminator 5’ and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Career

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The Terminator franchise is about as indestructible as an Austrian bodybuilder with a cyborg endoskeleton. No matter how many times you shoot it, run it over, blow it up or put McG in the director’s chair), it’ll pick itself up and continue marching ominously in your direction.

At least the new Terminator reboot will likely have an authentic Arnold Schwarzenegger and an authentically non-McG director in Alan Taylor. Taylor, who Variety reports to be in talks for the project, has directed episodes of nearly every great TV series in the last 20 years. Oz, The Sopranos, Six Feet UnderThe West Wing, Deadwood, Mad MenBoardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones– all have, at some point in their lifespans, courted Taylor to do an episode or two. Now he’s got Thor: The Dark World coming out this fall, and it seems those in charge of the Terminator franchise feel Taylor could do for time-traveling cyborgs what he’s about to do for Norse gods and dark elves.

It seems like a good fit. Taylor’s TV credits speak for his artistic side, and Thor: The Dark World speaks for his “things blowing up” side. But there are still two important questions in need of an answer. First, will Taylor be directing all three Terminators? This one’s set to be the start of a new trilogy, so unless it goes the way of Terminator Salvation, Taylor might be back for seconds. And second, what exactly is Arnold’s role in all this? We know he’ll be back in a big way for the newest film, but we don’t know in what way exactly.

Maybe he’ll play an outdated robot who’s skin is starting to sag off its endoskeleton.

Adam Bellotto is a freelancer writer from Virginia who moved to California because movies are super neat. His work can also be read at Perihelion Science Fiction and Starpulse, among other places.

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