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. I was hoping they only make another Terminator film if the script was good and that they hopefully conclude the movie series.

    When they announced that Helena Bonham Carter was playing the main villain in Terminator: Salvation, I was expecting her to be the Skynet equivalent of the Borg Queen from Star Trek. I was so disappointed in the end when I saw the film and it was a wasted opportunity to have a really iconic and memorable villain in the franchise. They should have had a confrontation between her, Christian Bale and Sam Worthington towards the end like with Picard, Data and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact’s climax.

    Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to do more dramas rather than just doing huge action blockbusters because he pigeonholed himself as an actor who just did action movies. He is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more dramas, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.

    • Arnold showed that he can’t do drama. He did a couple of good comedy films, but he’s best fit for action films, but he’s too old for that now.

    • did you copy and paste this from somwhere? swear to god iv read that exact post right down to helena playing the villain in t4

      • tankD,

        Yeah, I noticed that. Princess is on auto-moderation just in case there’s something fishy there.


  2. I’m not sure about this. TSCC tried to semi-reboot the series, and it failed. But I do want to see Linda Hamilton return

      • Exactly. He’s just too old and too out of shape for the role.

      • o.O my eyes my eyes!

    • she is really pushing it in age , she looks horrible now have you seen her in Chuck , looks something chewed on her face and the spit it out

      • well that was less than a flattering comment. She IS 55 years old, what the heck did you expect?

  3. and i really would like to see the TS trilogy continue i liked Bale as Connor and i would of liked to see the war get worst for the humans and the terminators get more advanced in weapons and technology… i wanna see the war escalate and Connor become the leader he was suppose to be and in a new directors hands someone that knows what they’re doing… but hey hollywood screws everything up.. so im done with this franchise. im just gonna go pop in t2 and forget about anything that has to do with these movies.

    • IMO Bale was incredibly stiff as Connor. And Worthington… Let´s just not talk about him…

      • I thought Worthington was great in the film, but yeah, Bale sucked IMO. It was the first time I didn’t like Bale’s performance.

        • I didnt have a problem with Salvation, I enjoyed it , Bale as Conner, I thought he was fine and he came off as a guy who , has been told he was going to be humans salvation since before he was born, he has no real friends and comes off as very disconnected from everyone and Stiff, well im sure stiff and unapproachable and generally being an ass, come with watching everyone you know die. I wouldnt think he would be the party guy or the guy that wants to even know your name. He doesnt want to be himself, he doesnt want to be the one everyone is depending on he wants to be just a guy. That the way he has always been portrayed, and I cant even beleive that they would ever consider bringing Ed Furlong back , that guy is a hack.

          • I enjoyed the film overall. Better than Terminator 3 at least. Bale just didn’t make me believe he would be someone follow in battle, but to each their own.

            • haha mabe it was the fact that hes christian bale and he has to work with a douche with a name like MCG

            • What I liked about Salvation is the fact that they showed us the future in daylight. All the future scenes from the previous movies were night shots…

              • I htought the night shots added to the feel of the dark future, but that’s just me.

  4. I know that I am probably just repeating something someone else has already said but he is a bit old. Let’s see him get in shape first…

  5. Considering that his last 3 screen appearances consisted of standing in a church (The Expendables), sitting on a throne (Around the World in 80 Days), and walking through a bar (The Rundown), I just don’t see how “action”-y he can be at his senior citizen age … he did less and less with each progressive film

    • Agreed. He looked especially beleaguered in The Expendables, especially standing next to Stallone. That’s the route he needs to take if he wants to return to even the wisp of his former glory, he needs to get in shape. Stallone was huge in Balboa and Rambo, but his physical shape as of The Expendables was a slightly trimmer, speedier physique that made you believe he could do it all again. Arnold looked like a strong breeze would knock him out of his baggy old man pants.

      • the guy did have a heart bypass also so his working out day s are going to be limited

      • LMAO@ “Arnold looked like a strong breeze would knock him out of his baggy old man pants.”

  6. Planet Earth needs a reboot,,,

  7. Lol, I really hope they do that, just totally ignore that T3 garbage, which I guess gets rid of 4 too, haha.

  8. I just want to see a movie set in 2029 that serves as a prequel for the Kyle Reese and Terminator characters. But would be a sequel for John Connor.

    I think the most interesting thing the terminator series has to explore is the relation between a son and his unknowing dater who is 20 years his junior.

  9. Bale’s performance I blame completely on McG…Great actors need direction and McG simply did not give it. He let Bale do what He wanted, and the interpretation was just awful. This movie needs to continue in the future… in the hands of a great director I think we can still have a great terminator film, but then again I am a hardcore fan…I enjoyed T3, and I own TS, which I also was not crazy about. The movie did not flow, it looked so promising.

    • The problem was more or less the story was more centered on Marcus than John Connor. Bale just didn’t have much of anything to work with.

      • I agree with that, I think thats the best explanation of the problem with Salvation

  10. “‘Reboot’ has become an almost dirty word in the movie business nowadays!” Exacly!! Bunch of Scarecrow (from OZ)!

  11. The point to all this chatter about the Terminator series is that the first two films were basically character driven pieces, this story is about the people in it not the technology. T3 and TS were missing this terribly, I couldnt have cared less about the people in the film because the makers didn’t think we would notice. I would welcome a new interpretation where we feel for the characters involved…honestly I dont think Arnold at his age would even want to try an be the Terminator again, he knows it would have to be some other interpretation…

  12. It makes sense, igrone Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines and Terminator Salvation and continue where Terminator 2 left off with the orignal cast returning.

    For example Universal Soldier Regerenation was awesome movie, it ingores Universal Soldier: The Return and those two straight to video movies called Universal Soldier II: Brothers In Arms and Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Busniess.

    I feel the movie was great as the original.

    Terminator 3 was a gargabe movie with the story being too crappy and James Cameron not directing where Arine return as the terminator but the film didn’t work.

  13. I think it’s posible for the whole original crew to come back. first can be Arnold can be a scientist who desings the T-1000 to his likeness using cg to bring the original ter terminator to life. Second Connor sends someone from the future to save his father being that his father would be able to give him the better military training than his mother can. Therefore, eliminating his mom from having to compromise their cover by having complete strangers training in military combat. As a result they can remain of the grid longer and the movie can pick up years later.

  14. I hope they make it and I hope it’s good.

    Terminator 5 has my money and my well wishes. Justin Lin is a FINE director, already proven to be more talented than “McG” and if Arnold is back in it, and not just for the cash this time, I say LET’S GO!!!

  15. Arnold can be the human, Vin Diesel can be the EVIL Terminator and Dwayne “THE ROCK” Johnson can be the GOOD Terminator.

  16. T1 was good.
    T2 was great.
    T3 was ok.
    TS was also good.

    I consider the Sarah Conner Chronicles to be another story altogether. I think it failed because people were trying to fit it in with the movie and it just wasnt the same story. Too many people from the future. Too few terminators.

    If T5 is going to be good they need to either continue where Salvation left off or wipe the slate clean.

    I have always wondered why the machines kept sending a terminator back at a LATER time than the first. Were these 3 terminators sent at once or different times? How did the machines decide to send another? Was each Terminator to represent a totally different timeline due to the failed prior attempt?

    I think these questions should be answered in an new movie. Keep the movie in the future but maybe show us when and where the machines actually send a terminator back in time. Maaaayyybbeeee have it to where the first terminator has already been sent back and the story revolves around stopping the second one before it goes back. In stopping this the timeline would be changed yet again.

    now my brain has stopped working…..

  17. Who cares

    • I agree with you but I have actually read an interview with the actor that currently plays Xavier and I believe that he doesnt lose his ability to walk or even lose his hair yet in First Class. I could be wrong but I had to say something because its the internet. I believe he wants(the actor) to see the sequels explain how he loses his hair and ability to walk in future installments and even had Mr. Stewart involved. But he is just an actor who is told what to do in the end so who cares where he wants to see it go when it comes down to it.

      • X Men First Class pt 2- Chuck loses his hair. X Men First Class pt 3- Chuck jumps in front of a bus because he has no hair. X Men First Class pt 4- Chuck thinks a lot, with a helmet on mostly. Yep, I will just put this blanket here…eh eh

  18. the terminators are sent back and the humans have to find a way to send reese back to save sarah, and the robot get pissed and send more but the humans find the information and send terminators back that they have captured the machine see it is pointless to try and change the past and have to hatch a new plan.

  19. Didn´t Skynet try to reboot history by killing Sarah Connor? If there is one message in the Terminator series – it is that reboots are evil.

  20. Meh, I’m over it all now, regardless of whether they bring the original actors. Most likely I won’t see T5 until it’s on TV. BTW, I was ok with Salvation, but overall, not interested in T5. Certainly won’t see it if it has The Rock or Vin Diesel.

  21. i thought sarah connor faked her death, to keep the terminators from using her against john. in the t.v show she found out she did not have cancer. there was no body in the coffin in part 3.

    the connor’s cause judgment day.

    • In the TV show, she traveled a couple of years forward in time. So he hadn´t cancer yet. And the coffin in T3 was empty, because her friends spread her ashes.

  22. Excited!!!, no matter what the outcome is, I’ll still see T5, but yea, if they rebooted star trek why not terminator, bring back all the kick-ass action. Have it least MA rating.

    • thhis aint a video game!! and what passed for r back in the day really is pg-13 now a days

  23. Couldn’t be any worse than other reboot junk made or about to be made. Give it chance to form shape first.

  24. I love all the terminator movies, well number 3 ehh come back to that one. Arnold coming back yes no don’t matter Christian Bale yes another one,full out war i mean just humans vs the machines battle to the death end of story. Lot of seats will be filled

  25. Why reboot? Can’t they make a continuation from “Salvation”? I mean, Arnold is seen in that movie too, so it would make sense to me to make “Salvation 2″ instead of forgetting about it (T3 is okey to forget).

  26. I agree, i rather see more of the past-judgement day war. As i said before, id like to see the Resistance being out to fight at night instead of daylight in the next film while SKYNET builds those big roller machines as seen in the first two films aswell as developing the laser weapons which both the machines & resistance will use. Id save whatever time-traveling idea they might have for the 6th film if they want to bring back Linda Hamilton & Edward Furlong. I don’t think a semi-reboot is needed, just get a better director & writers who should take notes from flashback scenes from the first two films & save the time-traveling for the last film.

  27. YES! Erase Terminator 3 and Salvation from the planet and end the franchise with a new flick. Schwarzenegger is way more FIT as a Terminator nowadays than 20 years ago. A Terminator’s purpose is to INFILTRATE and destroy. Logical thinking is that Arnold now blends more into the crowd than he did when he was young and huge as a house. Don’t you think?