Schwarzenegger Will Be Back in ‘Terminator 5,’ Shooting Starts in January

By June 13, 2013

Well guys, it’s happening. Even after the abysmal Terminator Salvation disappointed fans of the Terminator franchise across the globe, it looks like Skynet is coming back at least one more time to attempt to eradicate the human race.

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with and confirmed that not only is Terminator 5 actually happening, but the sequel will start shooting in January of 2014. That’s an awfully quick leap for a project that has been stumbling through development hell for a few years. Here’s what Arnie himself had to say:

“I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in ‘Terminator 5′ and to star as the Terminator. We start shooting in January and I’m also going to do ‘King Conan.’ I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I’m looking forward to doing those films.”

The Terminator rights were held by Warner Bros. but just this week they transferred to Paramount, where Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are hard at work on a screenplay. They’ve been working on one for a while, but apparently things are moving at a fast enough clip where they’ll be able to shoot in about seven months. But the bigger issue is that if Arnold is back as the Terminator, how can Skynet justify sending an old, worn out robot back in time instead of a reissue of the version of Arnie they sent back in 1984? Schwarzenegger proved he could still pull off action moves in The Last Stand, but in a sci-fi world in which Skynet has the best possible soldiers available to them, it doesn’t make any sense for Arnie to be in his 60s. Maybe that’s why the script has taken so long to crack.

Do you want to see Schwarzenegger return as the T-800, or is it time to hang up the black shades?

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