Original Terminator writes fifth and sixth films?
It almost seems too good to be true, and there are nigh on insurmountable odds to see another film get made at the moment, money and politics are the order of the moment. However if there is an agreement, and another film is decided upon, there's some great news for Terminator fans and it has nothing to do with McG.
The man who wrote the first two Terminator films alongside James Cameron has written a detailed treatment for Terminator V and another short concept for Terminator VI.
This sounds fantastic news, but it seemingly gets better as the writer has managed to develop a sequel that takes into account the stories from the two lesser Terminator films and go right back to the core of the franchise, what made the first two films great, the characters and some damn good time travel twists.
According to the story in Deadline Hollywood Daily, William Wisher was “plenty involved” in the writing first film, although he only receives an additional dialogue credit, he co-wrote the second film with James Cameron, and for third film he walked away, not wishing to be involved and stay true to the Cameron created Terminator.
However now he's back and he's written a twenty-four page treatment for a fifth Terminator film as well as a four page concept for a sixth. Now for fans of the Terminator franchise that's the first good news we've had in a while isn't it?
Luckily the site received Wisher's approval to release a few points about the treatment, and they are big points. The setting is post-apocalyptic, and that's interesting for a start because it isn't giving up on what's gone before and returning to the time the Cameron films were set in through some nostalgic belief that this will make the film better, in fact it's doing the opposite, and I like that.
”...factors in an element of time travel that allows for Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese to interact beyond their single fateful meeting when he traveled back in time to protect her in the original film. Wisher has created a role for Arnold Schwarzenegger that is as surprising as his shift from villain in the first film, to John Connor’s bodyguard in the second. Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be needed until the final film, which wouldn’t shoot until after he ends his term as California Governor. And who wouldn’t want to see Linda Hamilton back in aerobic top fitness form as Sarah Connor?”
No, Sarah Connor back under the guise of the original actress of Linda Hamilton? That's superb, although is it just an offhand comment in the article or referring to what's in the script? The treatment will say whatever it wants, as always there's a long, long way to go towards casting.
However it certainly seems as though the treatment will be suggesting she returns, and the idea of a surprise turnaround role for Arnold Schwarzenegger? That's something the franchise needs to keep going, and if it can make something unusual out of it then all the better.
Now if they're talking about those two stars and there's talk of the Kyle Reese character, would we also get to see Michael Biehn? A long way to go.
The only grey area is when there's talk of what else would be in the film, what new Terminators there would be, and here's where I'm feeling more shades of McG's film. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, the film was good and it was still a good film. Plus it could be just taking into account what his film started, bringing in the new Terminator models, it's also a logical step for SkyNet.
Mind you, with all that said, I still find the talk of these new Terminators a little, I don't know, have a read and see what you think:
”...a swarm of 'Night Crawlers,' 4 1/2-foot tall border sentries that are set like mines to spring up out of the ground and ambush rebel fighters with 10 MM pistols built into their wrists, and fingers and feet that are razor sharp. Also fresh off the Skynet assembly line are new shape-shifting cyborgs that can morph together in Transformers-like mode”
Yeah, that doesn't fill me with excitement, but then it could work out well, after all some of McG's creations did.
Regardless of this doubt, the rest of it sounds strong, and extremely positive for the franchise. I'm now hoping that Sony and Lionsgate take the deal and get Wisher on board.