Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand may not have lit the box office on fire (despite being a fun action film), but for fans of the iconic action star, the film served as a new beginning, effectively kicking off a second phase of Schwarzenegger’s film career.
Since concluding his political run as governor of California, the actor has lined up a number of upcoming projects, including Escape Plan alongside Sylvester Stallone. However, his re-emergence as a box office presence has also raised the question of which of his most memorable roles Schwarzenegger would be willing to revisit.
Most notably, the Terminator franchise has struggled to find its way in the wake of the disappointing Terminator Salvation. The project has been the subject of much will-he-or-won’t-he debate regarding Schwarzenegger’s involvement, but now that the star has been confirmed (and is moving full-steam ahead with his film career once more), when can fans finally expect to see him back in his most iconic role?
According to Metro UK, Schwarzenegger has clarified exactly where Terminator 5 and some of his other upcoming sequels stand. Here’s what he had to say:
“We’re writing [Terminator 5] now. There are three projects being written that involve me. One is Terminator 5, the other is a Conan movie that Universal is doing and there’s the sequel to Twins, which is called Triplets. We’ll all look quite different in that. The third triplet is Eddie Murphy, so figure that one out.”
The “Conan movie” in question is, of course, The Legend of Conan, which will reportedly act as a direct sequel to the original Conan the Barbarian, ignoring its sequel and the failed 2011 franchise reboot starring Jason Momoa. The initial Schwarzenegger film ended with a flash-forward teasing an upcoming story about Conan as king, a “story [that would] also be told.”
The Terminator and Conan follow-ups make a lot of sense, given the affection fans still have for those franchises (and the studios’ hopes to keep them alive and relevant). However, Triplets seems a bit riskier. Twins is still regarded as one of Schwarzenegger’s few financially successful forays into comedy, but it’s also not exactly a sequel anyone was asking for. This doesn’t mean that Triplets can’t be successful – it is simply going to be the toughest one to sell to modern audiences. Book of Mormon stars Josh Gad and Ryan Dixon are writing the film.
For those looking forward to Schwarzenegger sequels, the fact that scripts are being written for the three films is encouraging, though it provides little indication when any finished films will be released. Last we heard, The Legend of Conan was hoping to start filming this year (which is fast becoming a long shot, given the actor’s schedule), and Terminator 5 was being written by screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Director Justin Lin previously turned down the project in favor of current blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, but he has since turned down the opportunity to direct Fast & Furious 7. Perhaps now he can find a way to fit Terminator 5 into his schedule.
Which of the upcoming Schwarzenegger sequels are you most looking forward to, Screen Rant readers, and what other roles (if any) should the star revisit next? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Terminator 5, The Legend of Conan and Triplets as the films work their way to production.
Source: Metro UK