I guess you can call it the Tweet heard ‘round the world. Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California and the greatest living actor, announced on his Twitter account that he had given his agents the go ahead to start taking movie offers. Over the next few days the news spread all over the web like wildfire. Well, a couple more days in and Deadline Slough is reporting that all of this renewed interest in Arnie has lead to renewed interest in the Terminator franchise as well. Consider the wildfire fanned. Apparently Universal is looking for a new project to attach Fast Five director Justin Lin to, and they think a fifth Terminator film with Schwarzenegger involved in some way just might be the ticket.
Before Schwarzenegger’s announcement, interest in another Terminator film had come to a pretty abrupt halt. First McG’s fourth film in the franchise was a critical failure and a box office disappointment, and then a bankruptcy auction led to the rights to the franchise being bought by some hedge fund. Film execs willing to step into that quagmire to try to revitalize a franchise that seemed to be on its last legs were hard to come by. But now, with one mighty Tweet, we’re all back in the Terminator speculating game.
Personally I hope this never happens. How many more times can we watch a story about Skynet and Judgment Day and John Connor and killer cyborgs? We’ve seen it attacked from all angles now, by a few different directors, and a bunch of different actors. We got the future war movie that everyone always wanted and it sucked. And Arnold is too old to play the T-800 without a whole bunch of simple tricks and nonsense involved. What’s the point? For me, there are only two things that could get me interested in seeing another Terminator movie. 1) A return of Summer Glau’s ridiculously sexy Terminator character from that TV show nobody watched. Hubba-hubba. 2) A guy named Jimmy Cameron sinking a boatload of money into another huge, groundbreaking sequel that he directs and that revolutionizes Special FX in some way.
(For full disclosure, Budnick from Salute Your Shorts tooling around on a dirt bike in the trailer might also get me excited for another Terminator movie.)