Terminator 5…really?

He always said he’d be back…

The long mooted Terminator 5 is moving ahead with Arnold Schwarzenegger poised to return as our favourite killer cyborg.  But, I have to ask, should there be a fifth Terminator film?

Firstly, I am a huge fan of the Terminator franchise in general (and enjoy a good Arnie film as much as anyone), James Cameron’s The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day rate highly amongst some of my all-time favourite films and I really enjoyed the overlooked short-lived small screen spin-off Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines had its moments and is generally entertaining but just wasn’t the same (imagine if Cameron had done a third film) but director McG’s Terminator Salvation totally missed the mark, promising a lot but delivering very little resulting in an uncertain and convoluted mess.  That was it for me, I was content to let the franchise retire, be nostalgic and relive happy memories by periodically revisiting T1 and T2.

Cue Arnie’s return to Hollywood following the conclusion of his political career and I doubt few were surprised that Terminator 5 was one of the first (if not THE first) projects being discussed.  The production rights to the franchise were secured by Annapurna Pictures with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin attached, only for him to subsequently drop out due to his commitments to Fast & Furious 6.

It seemed that T5 would languish in development hell but now news has emerged that Paramount Pictures are in talks to acquire distribution rights and it looks like the project is (more or less) set to go again with sights set on a January start date for production.

I’m glad that Arnie is back in town, his role in The Expendables 2 was fun (if a little cringe inducing at times) and The Last Stand showed potential.  Having grown up spending many late Saturday nights watching and loving his films (and I still do), it’s like welcoming back an old friend.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing him team up with pal (and once box office rival) Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3 and the forthcoming Escape Plan and not even his age is really an issue so far as T5 is concerned (the wonders of modern digital effects – just look at what was accomplished in Tron Legacy with the post de-ageing of Jeff Bridges), it’s the fact that if T3 triggered a decline in the quality of the Terminator films then Terminator Salvation damn well secured it.  What if T5 is another ill-conceived embarrassment?  Is it really worth the risk of building up the hopes of audiences?  I appreciate it’s too early to tell but I’m not confident that it is, I’d love to be proven wrong and nothing would please me more than to report that Terminator is back on form but I’d sooner see Arnie move on to other (hopefully great) things and let be what once was (unless James Cameron fancies another crack).

What are your thoughts on Terminator 5?  Leave a comment below!


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