Will ‘Terminator 5′ Be A Semi-Reboot? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:11 pm,

Terminator 5 with Schwarzenegger may be a semi reboot Will Terminator 5 Be A Semi Reboot? [Updated]

[UPDATE: Justin Lin has dismissed this as just rumor. For more on that, click HERE.]

“I’ll be back” jokes spread like wildfire throughout the movie blogosphere when word got out that Arnold Schwarzenegger is officially attached to star in Terminator 5. If current insider information is to be believed (always a tricky proposition), then the ex-California governor won’t be the only familiar face returning for the fifth entry in the Terminator franchise.

A reportedly legit source is saying the “entire original cast” is attached to the Terminator 5 pitch that is currently making the rounds. Given the nature of the Terminator mythology, that begs the question: Is this new entry being fashioned as a partial reboot of the franchise?

Latino Review says that Terminator 5 is tentatively titled Terminator 2012 and “involves time travel to the present day.” The implication is that the film will feature an older version of Sarah Connor who is still alive in the year 2012 – a move that would literally invalidate the events of both Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, as well as the even more convoluted timeline for The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Linda Hamilton would be the most likely “original cast” member to return for the fifth Terminator flick as Sarah Connor – and Edward Furlong could also be in line to appear as an older John Connor, even though he isn’t technically an “original” Terminator star.

Assuming this report is true, however, it’s probably safe to say that Michael Biehn isn’t attached to reprise his role as Kyle Reese in Terminator 5 – if only because that seems too far a stretch, even for a series as enamored with time-travel paradoxes as the Terminator franchise (“seems” is the key word there).

Terminator 5 may feature original Terminator cast members Will Terminator 5 Be A Semi Reboot? [Updated]

Schwarzenegger, Hamilton, and Furlong in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day'.

“Reboot” has become an almost dirty word in the movie business nowadays, but that is exactly what the next Terminator film is poised to do to the franchise (assuming the aforementioned report is true). It wouldn’t be a complete reboot in the vein of upcoming comic book flicks like The Amazing Spider-Man or Man of Steel, but – as Latino Review was apt to point it – Terminator 5 could use time-travel to reboot the series in a fashion similar to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.

Therein lies a problem, though: the use of time travel in the last Star Trek movie effectively wiped the slate clean (by freeing up events in future installments from having to occur in a pre-destined manner), and managed to avoid any significant gaping plot holes in the process. Frankly, I struggle to see how Terminator 5 could do the same, especially since the timeline for the franchise is already confusing enough.

But the bigger issue I have with Terminator 5 right now is whether or not it’s actually a good idea in the first place. I’ve heard from a number of fans who are already pumped to see Schwarzenegger back in action in a new Terminator movie – and a significant number of people who’d rather just leave the franchise to rest in peace. So it really does depend on who you ask.

terminator 5 arnold schwarzenegger Will Terminator 5 Be A Semi Reboot? [Updated]

Even if Terminator 5 with Schwarzenegger ultimately does fail to come to fruition, the former action star will still keep plenty busy in the future. He’s selected Cry Macho as his return to live-action fare and is actively developing the Governator cartoon series/comic book/3D movie. So Arnold fans, rejoice! The man is definitely back (for better or for worse).

As for Terminator 5 – what do you think? Does a semi-reboot sounds like a good idea? A bad idea? Do you even want to see this franchise continue?

Source: Latino Review

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  1. unless it has james cameron directing and writing it like i think he did on the first 2 along with arnie, edward furlong, robert patrick, and linda hamilton don’t bother as they have tried but failed to make a film as good as the first two… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t make a 5th without the people mentioned.. just imagine how excited the audience will be with all the original characters and director on this project…..

  2. How about a terminator future with humans trying to survive and an invasion bringing in Alien and Preditor franchises? Worth a try.

  3. Summer Glau Should Be In This Movie As Cameron That Wonld Be Fall Of Epicness!

  4. Technically kyle Reese can be in the movie because the guy playing him in salvation is not the same Kyle from the original. Remember the events of terminator 1 Kyle are different from terminator salvation Kyle. If kyle from salvation goes back in time and meets Sara it would have different outcome because they are literally from two different timelines the previous Kyle needs to be there and salvation Kyle kills terminator 1 kyle and takes over but does not tell Sara this he knows from his past and from salvation Connor that he is the father but maybe he protects Sara but Sara meets the original father of John Connor…it had to occur another man was the father prior to Kyle coming back obviously. So this Kyle allows Sara to meet the original timeline dad and just protects them. Flash ahead to 2012 a new timeline version of Sara now exists a new john Connor and the staying in the shadows older Kyle. Ready and waiting for the terminators. This would allow for fresh non previous installment stories. Because maybe if the original father was around maybe the 1st terminator wasn’t sent till 2012 so the whole Cyberdyne thing hadn’t occurred yet. Possibly skynet came to be in 2015 or something now. Sky is the limit just make the time travel understandable I’m willing to offer my services for free I understand movie time travel pretty good. There is my pitch for how the other movies still occurred the time travel event back just happens some time after salvation :) just like star trek you get your reboot.

  5. What in the fuk? Scott makes no sense. The movie should go forward after salvation because if they just keep in going back all the time then they just should go back in time and literally destroy skynet before it even began with Kate Brewsters’ father or just kill him of tell him not to press that button. This whole going back thing before Sarah dies is just plain out gay.