Friday, June 28, 2013

"Terminator" reboot to hit theaters June 2015: Are we looking at the next great franchise?

A lot of times, franchise reboots are really bad ideas. They're stupid. There was no reason for Spider-Man to be resurrected in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man (read my review here) and there was no reason to reboot Conan the Barbarian and the list goes on and on from there. But if you look at the reboots of the last few years, most of them have been successful. Very successful. Batman Begins opened the doors for the greatest trilogy of all time. Star Trek gave birth to one of our superstar franchises. Casino Royale reinvented our favorite spy for the modern era. Rise of the Planet of the Apes humanized a formerly kitschy franchise. Most of the time, I would say that reboots work. 

Yesterday, it was announced that a Terminator reboot will be hitting theaters on June 26, 2015 and will lead into a standalone trilogy with no relation to the other four films. I'll let you know that I am now super excited for this movie. It's supposedly set in the 1940's and will star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson. I think that with Megan Ellison and David Ellison involved, we could have something special.  Here is the official press release from Paramount Pictures: 

"Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.
Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.
Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year."

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