"Four years after Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended its run on Fox, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are teaming to bring the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise back to TV.
The producers behind the upcoming fifth installment have tapped Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and executive produce a new Terminator television series that will be a companion piece to the rebooted trilogy.
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."
I wonder what this alternate Terminator 1984 direction could be, probably "what if Kyle Reese lived?"
"The TV series will be produced by Annapurna's Megan Ellison and Skydance's David Ellison alongside Skydance chief creative officer Dana Goldberg and TV chief Marcy Ross. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier will executive produce. Kalogridis and Lussier also will pen the first feature in the upcoming Terminator trilogy, which will be directed by Alan Taylor and released via Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2015. Both Ellisons will produce, while Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as exec producers. Schwarzenegger will reprise his famed role in the new trilogy, described as a time-spanning story that sees him tasked with protecting Sarah Connor as she grows up."
Looks like they're going back to the T2 mold, maybe we can get a bit of Kindergarten Cop thrown in there too if the T-800 has to act as Sarah Connor's bodyguard in the classroom. I was holding out some hope for a movie based around the incredible "future war" scenes from Terminator 1 and 2 but that seems unlikely now and I guess it would only turn out like Terminator Salvation again...
"Stentz and Miller's credits also include Starship Troopers and The Fall Guy. On the TV side, the duo wrote and produced Fox's Fringe as well as The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- so this marks the second time they'll be playing in this particular sandbox."
What did you think of the Sarah Connor Chronicles? Are you glad to see these writers involved with another Terminator series or is it a bad omen? Let us know in the comments.
“I came up with this film in a very personal way,” Coogler said. His father was a Rocky fan, and Coogler recalls many hours spent in front of the television watching the films with his father. “I came up with this really crazy idea, this really small personal story that takes place in a universe that we are familiar with,” Coogler added.
“Rocky is retired, kind of set adrift. He’s very lonely in his world. His life has gone by waiting for the inevitable,” Stallone told the Journal last month. “It’s not ‘Rocky 7’.”
Coogler met Stallone prior to production on “Fruitvale” and had “a really honest conversation about these two men,” said Coogler, who is co-writing “Creed” with a screenwriting friend, Aaron Covington. As soon as Stallone signed on, the two deled deeper into developing the script, which is still being written.
“Rocky is an incredibly human story and ‘Creed’ is very inspired by the Rocky lore, but there’s something kind of profound in letting it all go,” Coogler said."
"It's all about money, kids pay money to go and see them," Statham said. "The fascination is superheroes, it's what people want to go and see but you wouldn't get me rushing to the cinema to see those. I like the old-fashioned type of film. They've never offered me a part in one of those and I don't think the shoes would fit. Or the cape wouldn't fit!"
I'm sure that some of you are in the same boat. Proper action movies are quickly becoming an old-fashioned type of film but luckily there are still a few people like Jason Statham who are interested in making them.