The New 'Terminator' Is Going to Try to Do What 'The Dark Tower' Couldn't

The New 'Terminator' Is Going to Try to Do What 'The Dark Tower' Couldn't

Dec 06, 2013

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Remember a few years ago when it was announced that Stephen King's The Dark Tower would be getting not only a series of big-screen movies, but a TV show that would show a whole side of the epic story that the film's would not? Well that ended up never happening, but brother and sister super producers Megan Ellison (Annapurna Pictures) and David Ellison (Skydance Productions) must have liked that idea, because now they're applying it to their coproduced reboot of The Terminator.

THR is reporting that Annapurna and Skydance have hired Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers of the previous Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles series) to write and executive produce a new show that will coexist with the new film series. And not only that, but they've offered us our first insight into the new franchise, which will at least be a partial remake of James Cameron's original film:

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 some surprising and dramatic ways.

So that sounds like the films will follow one set of characters, while the TV show will follow another, and eventually they'll both collide. That's a pretty bold plan, and it's even more complicated than what The Dark Tower was trying to do. With that series, a show made sense because it could focus on what was largely a flashback portion of King's series, so audiences could conceivably have watched that side of it whenever. However, if the Terminator show and movies are going to coexist at the same time, which one do fans watch first?

Perhaps they'll try the flashback route as well. Imagine, for example, that the first new Terminator film treats the remake process almost like Paramount's Friday the 13th remake did. It opens in the past with a truncated version of the story everyone knows (woman meets time traveler who vows to save her from a robo-assassin from the future), and then it jumps forward to the present and tells a whole new story. That would then free up the TV show to tell everything that happens between the two. It would also make sense considering THR also had this to say:

Schwarzenegger will reprise his famed role in the new trilogy that is described as a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up.

If that's the case, then it would certainly make sense for the TV show to be a flashback; a sort of Sarah Connor: The Teenage Years type thing (but hopefully nowhere near as cheesy as that sounds. Of course, Sarah Connor already had one show based on her, but considering she's one of the coolest female characters Hollywood has ever given us, a second one is okay by us). We obviously have no idea if that is definitely what they're planning at this point, but whatever the case, it's a very intriguing way to approach the production, and we hope it pans out for them better than it did for The Dark Tower.





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