It appears that the long-discussed return of The Terminator franchise will be moving forward. A duo of writers in Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been appointed to pen a follow-up for the best film franchise to feature time-traveling cyborg assassins with Austrian accents...ever.
Co-produced by Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures, the hiring of the new scribes is the first bit of movement on this project since a rendition directed by repertory helmer of The Fast and the Furious films, Justin Lin apparently fell through. This project comes after 2009's Terminator Salvation underperformed, followed by years of wrangling over the rights. However, the concept was revived when star, Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed interest in returning.
Laeta Kalogridis brings notable credits for authoring Shutter Island and Pathfinder, and as exec producer on Terminator maestro, James Cameron's Avatar. Patrick Lussier, on the other hand, brings a more action/horror-driven vision, with writing and directorial credits for the upcoming Halloween III, My Bloody Valentine, and Drive Angry. Together, the duo will bunker-down and try to find what will surely be a compelling new twist for the nearly 30 year-old franchise.
With Schwarzenegger clearly past the point of feasibility to play a killer cyborg, perhaps it's time for a script portraying him as a human character. (Maybe a human resistance fighter whose DNA was used to create the T-800 flesh suit. -- Just throwing out an idea.)