Terminator 5 begins?

Terminator 5 begins?

It’s been a while since we witnessed the last big screen adventure from the Terminator franchise, in 2009 Christian Bale and Sam Worthington starred in ‘Terminator: Salvation’, directed by McG in what was ultimately a disappointing attempt to inject new life and a new direction for the series to take, the start of a possible new trilogy which we will now never see.Following the release of ‘Salvation’ the franchise was bogged down by both legal and financial issues however those appear to have been worked through at this point. It has now been reported that Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been hired to write a fifth Terminator film for the franchise to move forward.

Laeta Kalogridis has previously written screenplays for ‘Shutter Island’, both the failed ‘Birds of Prey’ and ‘Bionic Woman’ TV series, and interestingly is attached to the James Cameron driven project Battle Angel, and was a producer on ‘Avatar’. Patrick Lussier is slightly more of an unknown quantity having written and directed ‘Drive Angry’ as well as the B grade horror ‘Dracula 2000’.

No details on where the new film might take things, maybe they’ll pick up where ‘Salvation’ left off, maybe they’ll return to the earlier style Terminator films and set it during modern day with some time travel thrown in for good fun.

Overall though the last two films have been a little lacklustre, for what it’s worth on rotten tomatoes ‘Terminator Salvation’ rates 33% from critics and 70% from audiences while ‘Terminator 3’ gets 70% from critics and 41% from audiences. Essentially it’s been a while since a Terminator film has really knocked out an experience akin to either of the first two instalments, so the pressure is on slightly in that respect.

Let us know what you think about a new Terminator film, excited or would you prefer a reboot at this point? In a post-matrix, and superhero heavy cinematic world are we reaching a point where the idea of a war between humanity and machines is getting a little stale? Maybe the large gap between ‘Salvation’ and the new film will be long enough to serve as a good relaunch point.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.