- 08 June 2012
- By John Howell
Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning as the muscular bound robot assassin (and later protector) in two new Terminator films. Terminator 5 is set to be filmed in 2013 and will apparently follow on directly from the last Terminator film, Terminator: Salvation. He's also signed on for a second and final film, Terminator 6 (I'm sure they'll call them something more interesting than "5" and "6" when production cranks up). Producers want these next two films to be the closing of the franchise, Schwarzenegger revealed to the Action Effects blog.
"I can't say too much, they want it held in secret, if you know what I mean, but I will say that next year I will start filming it and it's going to be one of the hardest films I have ever done I can tell you that already for sure", he said.
"... they have six months set aside just for filming, so I will be training and getting into the best physical shape I possibly can before filming starts. It does follow Salvation although some of the producers and franchise owners were not too happy about the job McG did with it but they felt it was good enough to continue on and they want the fifth and sixth installments to be the closing of the franchise."
Annapurna Pictures, which owns the Terminator franchise rights, has started to develop a script (which, at the end of the day, is normally a lot more important than the actors selected).
Do we really want Schwarzenegger to return as the Terminator? Or would it be better to continue the franchise with different actors and characters, giving it a fresh lease of life as they did with Terminator: Salvation? It's going to be difficult to have him return as a robot unless they can explain why the robot has begun to age.
Time will tell.
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