The holders of the Terminator rights went bankrupt in hilarious fashion, and then the rights were purchased by hedge fund “Pacificor”, which sounds appropriately evil to be a hedge fund. Afterwards, two companies with reassuring web design began developing Terminator 3000. They claimed it would be a PG-13, animated 3D movie with a $70 million budget. An animated and PG-13 Terminator? Thanks, but no thanks. Luckily, that idea fell through, and we hadn’t heard anything new about the Terminator franchise until today.
Deadline reports the hot potato that is the Terminator rights is in the hands of Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions, and they’ve hired two writers to script Terminator 5. The writers chosen are Leata Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Their writing credits are an interesting juxtaposition. Leata Kalogridis wrote Shutter Island and Alexander. She’s also acquainted with James Cameron. (She exec produced Avatar.) Patrick Lussier, by contrast, wrote Dracula 2000 and Drive Angry (the awesomely batsh-t movie in which a dead Nic Cage escapes from Hell to save his granddaughter).
It’ll be interesting to see what those two sensibilities come up with, but we’re not so sure it will actually make any sense. But you know what always makes sense and reassures us in times of uncertainty? Dogs in sunglasses.
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