A few years ago producer Megan Ellison snapped up the rights to the Terminator franchise, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your desire for new Terminator movies) there hasn't been much progress on the development front since then. At one point Justin Lin (Fast Five) was attached to direct what would be the fifth Terminator film, but that never panned out and the beloved sci-fi icon appeared to shift to Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures' back burner while they focused on movies like The Master and Zero Dark Thirty.
Now it's suddenly back in the news, though, with the revelation that Ellison has hired a surprising pair of writers to pen the film: Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Why surprising? Well, for starters, the two have never worked on a film together before (and Lussier's last few films were all cowritten with Todd Farmer). Then you also have to consider that neither is particularly known for writing sci-fi blockbusters. Sure, Kalogridis was a producer on Avatar, but as far as screenwriting goes, her biggest credits are Shutter Island, Alexander and the Vikings-vs.-Indians movie Pathfinder. And Lussier is an even more surprising choice considering he's worked almost exclusively in B movies, having written and directed flicks like Dracula 2000 and Drive Angry.
Curiously, Kalogridis does have a "special thanks" credit listed on Dracula 2000, so perhaps the two have known each other for quite some time and have just been waiting to work together. And they'd been set to write an original sci-fi script for David Ellison (Megan's brother) and his Skydance production company, but apparently they were too good to keep writing for just one Ellison.
It's intriguing news. I've always been a fan of Lussier's work, feeling he knows his way around a B movie better than most Hollywood directors. I'm not sure I'd have picked him or Kalogridis to take on the future of the Terminator franchise, but the fact that they are unexpected picks makes this project all the more interesting. Megan Ellison is one of the most interesting producers working today, and it's precisely because she does take the risks that others don't. So hopefully the millions she paid for the Terminator do pay off in the long run.
But what say you? Are you excited for a new Terminator movie? Or would you have rather it stayed on the back burner?