By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
With his role as the Governor of California all wrapped up, Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to get back into the world of movies, and what better franchise for him to return to than the “Terminator” films, which more or less launched his career. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be stepping back into his most iconic role ever, with Justin Lin, director of the bafflingly successful “Fast Five,” taking over directorial duties.
However, according to Deadline, the project is still between companies, with various individuals bidding on the property. Lionsgate wants to take it over, but Annapurna Films is now expressing interest as well.
While that means little to most casual fans, we do hope that the right people get control of this film. The “Terminator” franchise probably should have wrapped up after the second film, but if it has to continue, we’d at least hope to see it do so with style. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” left quite a lot to be desired, and although “Terminator Salvation” was better than it could have been, it still felt as though it was trying too hard to be a gritty version of “Transformers.”
Of course, no one except James Cameron can truly do these movies justice, but he’s done with them. Justin Lin may be a competent action director, but is he the next Cameron? We doubt it.