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article imageTerminator reboot gets release date, will Schwarzenegger be back?

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 29, 2013 in Entertainment
The Terminator "will be back" in 2015, but it is still uncertain who will be the killer cyborg this time around. Paramount announced Thursday it is rebooting "Terminator" with a new trilogy in partnership with Annapurna Pictures and Skydance production.
David Ellison's Skydance Productions and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures have confirmed in a press release that the first installment of the trilogy will hit the theaters on June 26, 2015. Producers are planning to complete the trilogy before the rights to the franchise revert back to creator James Cameron, MTV reports.
The date for the first installment of the trilogy coincides with the summer 2015 dates already announced for "Star Wars: Episode VII," "The Avengers 2," "Independence Day 2," “Pirates of the Caribbean 5" and "The Smurfs 3."
The question remains whether Arnold Schwarzenegger, now a senior citizen at 65, could return to the screen in wrap-around shades and bike jackets. While his fans may suffer an understandable nostalgia to have him back, to say that he has aged only "a bit" since the '80s and '90s is an understatement.
Some fans feel that a new, younger actor would do better for a new stand-alone trilogy, except of course if the plot is being tinkered with to feature a sagely old version of the Terminator alongside an advanced one as we saw in 2003's Terminator III.
Alternatively, the plot could ditch the image of a steroid-enhanced futuristic killer cyborg altogether and lean heavily on portraying a dazzlingly hi-tech sci-fi cyborg from the future that wouldn't need big muscles to impress us.
That the "rebooted" killer cyborg could wear new non-steroidally enhanced looks was suggested by Cameron who told MTV News' Josh Horowitz that he spoke to Schwarzenegger about the possibility of his return: "I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about [Schwarzenegger]. I told him he should not do it until it's focused on his character or he shouldn't do it. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven't even been thought of yet."
But with Los Angeles Times reporting that Paramount said on Friday that it "cannot confirm casting specifics at this point," the question of whether Arnold will feature at all remains open.
However, in spite of the ravages of time, Schwarzenegger has shown nostalgic enthusiasm for a return to the old days of his movie stardom that began with "Conan the Barbarian" (1982). He signed on recently to appear in "The Legend of Conan," a sequel to "Conan the Barbarian" which, according to screen-writer Chris Morgan, will not be a reboot or a remake of the old movie but an "update."
Schwarzenegger might have attempted to preempt debate, questions and doubts about his ability to return to "The Terminator" when he confirmed he'll be back at the 21st Century Financial Educational Summit in Australia earlier in the month. E! Online reports he said: "I'm very happy that the studios want me to be in 'Terminator 5' and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January."
The fact that he has seen some movie action in recent time does little to convince some that he is ready for "reboot." He made only a cameo appearance in The Expendables (2010) and a lead part in "The Last Stand" that flopped.
Although, we have been told that the new trilogy will be a stand-alone, how the plot will relate to the previous Terminator movies remains uncertain, especially with regard to the time travel element.
CNN reports Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake as Executive Producers; Laeta Kalogridis ("Avatar"/"Shutter Island") and Patrick Lussier ("Drive Angry") as scriptwriters.
It remains uncertain whether Director Justin Lin ("Fast and the Furious") will be involved.
The previous Terminator movies grossed more than $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
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