‘Thor: The Dark World’ Director Alan Taylor Nabs ‘Terminator 5’ Directing Gig

By September 5, 2013
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Have we lost one of our best television directors to potential blockbusters? It seems that may be the case, as Variety reports Alan Taylor – currently best known for helming episodes of “Game of Thrones,” and “The Sopranos” – has scored the directing gig on Annapurna Pictures’ upcoming reboot of the Terminator franchise.

Taylor, who has the big-budget Thor: The Dark World coming to theaters in a couple of months, has directed some of the best shows on television during his twenty-plus year career. His resume reads like an impressive list of “Who’s Who in the New Golden Age of Television”; he has directing credits on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Oz,” “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood,” “Lost,” “Rome,” “Big Love,” and “Mad Men,” just to name a few. But while many high profile film directors are heading to the small screen, Taylor appears to be content going against the grain and heading into the film arena.

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The fifth Terminator movie will reboot the franchise after the godawful Terminator Salvation and be the first in a stand-alone trilogy. We know it’s heading to theaters on June 26th, 2015 (in the middle of one of the biggest movie summers of all time), and there are talks that Schwarzenegger is going to appear in some capacity. (How his presence will fit in with the new “rebooted” vision is yet to be seen.) There’s also a fantastic rumor that Dwayne Johnson will play the new Terminator, which I really hope ends up being true.

Will Taylor continue to direct some of the best shows on television? That remains to be seen, but I’m happy that the dude is getting the chance to show us what he can do on projects with massive scope like this. Apparently he beat out Looper director Rian Johnson and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for this job (though, knowing a bit about Johnson, I’m guessing the Brick director was approached but took himself out of the running), so Taylor is definitely earning some serious juice in Hollywood right now. Let’s hope he can make the Terminator franchise watchable again.

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