By now you should already know that Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) is directing Terminator 5. The fifth film in the popular series in intended as a new trilogy starter, and as of now the only cast details we know for sure is that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be appearing as “a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up.”
We have also learnt that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Scot Pilgrim vs the World) are in the running to play Sarah Connor, while Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host) have been rumoured to play Kyle Reese (the role played by the brilliant Michael Biehn in James Cameron’s 1984 original).
However, today comes a new development in all things Terminator as a new TV series has been announced. Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures are planning a TV series of the Terminator story, and the aim is to have the series tie in to Taylor’s upcoming fifth film. Annapurna Pictures acquired rights to the franchise back in 2011.
Megan Ellison and David Ellison, the producers of the new Terminator film, are producing this new TV show iteration with Thor and X-Men: First Class scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller onboard to write and executive produce. In addition to penning the screenplays for Thor and X-Men: First Class, the duo served as writer/producers on Fringe and, coincidentally, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
A report by THR states:
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.