Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back (sorry, couldn't resist) to acting, rumors about Terminator 5 happening are as popular as ever. The (former) action star previously confirmed that the Terminator franchise is one of several that he's been approached to revisit, but did not elaborate on how substantial said talks about the series are.
Now Fast and the Furious franchise helmer Justin Lin has spoken out on the subject, revealing that he and Schwarzenegger have held multiple discussions about Terminator 5. Whether anything will come of it, however, isn't something Lin is so sure about.
Here's what Lin told Omelete about a fifth Terminator flick:
"I feel I have a take that I would love to see, and I’ve talked with Arnold and we’ve talked and we’ll see. Again, I would love to do it, but it has to be the right circumstances. It has to be the right people. And there’s other projects too. But I’m in a position now that I can choose more than I could a year ago, two years ago. So that is something that is potentially in my future, but when I get home I will sit down and look at my options and choose what I want to do."
Lin's Fast Five hits theaters in two weeks' time and is expected to (pardon the pun) tear it up at the box office. So while Lin will likely be courted to helm the next installment in that franchise, he'll also be in a better position to convince studio heads that he's the man to resurrect the Terminator series... once again. But that, of course, raises the real million dollar question: Should there even be a Terminator 5?
Like (just about) everyone else, I wasn't exactly blown away with director McG's Terminator: Salvation; the film just didn't leave me interested in seeing the sci-fi franchise continue. But if there's one thing Hollywood seems to be in love with nowadays, it's rebooting "dead" franchises, be it The Crow, Lethal Weapon, the Alex Cross and Jack Ryan series - heck, even a cash-cow like the Spider-Man film series is getting the reboot treatment.
Salvation did excel in the department of visual effects and stylish action, and a filmmaker like Lin could easily go above and beyond in that area with Terminator 5. It could be interesting ("could" is the key word there) to see the Terminator series continue on and further explore the world of post-Judgement Day Earth, but that would require future installments to return to the more thoughtful and humane tone of James Cameron's Terminator movies - and I'm not sure I see someone like Lin being up to that challenge.
Schwarzenegger is clearly serious about making a comeback as an actor, and he doesn't sound all that hesitant about milking his previous hits in order to jump-start his career again. He's already got new material like The Governator (as surreal as it looks) moving forward, so maybe another entry in the Terminator franchise will be put on the backburner while Schwarzenegger pursues more original projects. I wouldn't count on it, but it's still possible...for now.
Are you interested in seeing Schwarzenegger appear in Terminator 5?