The Hollywood Reporter brings word that a new show set in the Terminator universe is being put into motion. And here’s the good news: if you watched and enjoyed “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on FOX when that show was on the air (which I did), the behind-the-scenes talent is the same duo who will bring this new show to life. Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, who produced “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and wrote Thor and X-Men: First Class, will write and executive produce this new series (though a network hasn’t been officially announced yet).
Even better news? The new show is being overseen by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and her brother David’s Skydance Productions, the same two film companies responsible for bringing the upcoming reboot to the big screen in 2015. Megan has been something of a savior for independent and auteur-driven features over the past few years financing True Grit, Spring Breakers, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, and American Hustle just to name a few, while David has been more on the blockbuster side of the industry producing Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, World War Z, Jack Reacher, Star Trek Into Darkness, and more. They’ve already locked Arnold Schwarzenegger to return in his iconic role, and they’re currently casting Sarah Connor (which is down to two choices at the moment).
But there’s even better news. THR says the new show will crossover with the events of the new reboot. According to them:
The TV series will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in surprising and dramatic ways.
Ever since Marvel changed the game with Nick Fury’s appearance at the end of Iron Man, we’ve seen a bunch of these kinds of crossovers become more popular in film and television. Fox is currently working on a larger superhero universe of its own, Marvel of course has The Avengers, the new Netflix deal which will serve as a sort of farm team for the big leagues, and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, that “Dark Tower” concept that was thrown around last year (which ultimately fell apart), and now this. Much like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, though, I’m guessing we’re not going to be seeing many of the actors from the film crossing over into the TV realm on any sort of regular basis. Hopefully these producers can find a way to make this a better show than that Marvel effort, which just seems sort of cheap.
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m very excited about seeing where this goes. I really dug “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” but that show was admittedly the brainchild of Josh Friedman, so we’ll see how Stentz and Miller do with their own at bat in the Terminator universe.
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