Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms He’ll Play a Terminator in TERMINATOR 5; Shooting Begins in January

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We’re inundated with reboots, but if there’s a franchise that could actually use one, it’s Terminator.  The idea of killer robots bringing on the apocalypse is an evergreen concept (we’re going to see it later this year in The World’s End), but the current trajectory of the franchise has run out of steam.  Terminator Salvation was a dud, but now we’re soldiering on with Terminator 5Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to return, and since that was the case, fans hoped it would be as a human character (somehow not Sergeant Candy) because why would Skynet churn out old, saggy terminators?  However, Schwarzenegger has revealed that he will indeed be the Terminator in the fifth installment, and shooting is set to begin in January.

Hit the jump for more.

arnold-schwarzenegger-terminator-photoA couple days ago, we learned that Paramount Pictures was in talks to distribute the upcoming sequel, and that the pieces were falling into place with Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) working on a script.  Justin Lin was attached to direct at one point, but he decided to do Fast & Furious 6 instead.  Since that’s done and T5 is still looking for a director, I’m curious if he could be lured back.  Schwarzenegger was already tipped to return, but the screenwriters will have to find a reason why an even older robot has rolled off the line, and how he’ll relate to the events of Terminator Salvation since that’s considered canon.  The series could get away with his age in Rise of the Machines, but now it’s a serious stretch.  Schwarzenegger doesn’t seem too bothered by the idea or reprising any of his other famous roles [via TheArnoldFans]:

In fact, 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 and I’m also going to do King Conan – to play that role and also to do another Twins movie. So I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I’m looking forward to doing those films.

Before he starts stepping back into his former blockbusters, Schwarzenegger will attempt to move past the flop The Last Stand and towards the upcoming action flicks Escape Plan (formerly The Tomb) and Ten.




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  • NICK НΛRT

    this is so stupid..

  • Lance

    They’ll either need to de-age him or… well, they need to de-age him. He could play a human character the Terminator’s modeled off of just fine, though.

    And since when is Terminator: Salvation canon? No. Just no.

    • Jameron4eva

      It was until internet fucks leaked the original ending.

      • Travis Gowen

        Funny, I had never heard that story before. Searched it and now I am mad that it fell through. Would be nice to see a movie take chance just once.

        Not to get off track, but going with the theme of character deaths, the big one people expect in an upcoming Spiderman movie will never happen.

  • Guest

    Almost would’ve been cooler if they found the one human which Skynet modeled their T-800′s off of. Except he’s hidden out, and aged a lot since then but holds key information towards bringing Skynet down.

    To be honest, he was looking old in T3.

  • Chris Bob

    I was hoping he could play some sort of aging roboticist that Skynet forcefully uses as their blueprint for the T-800.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      If they’d used William Wisher’s screenplay, that’s exactly what he had in mind for him. I don’t see how they can explain this away, robots don’t age. And why would they use aged skin on a terminator? Make a terminator that looks like a pensioner?

      • Nmaster

        killer pensioners… you’ll never see them coming…

        … because they move too slow to stand around and watch!

  • Agent777

    I hate Arnie (but he is fun to laugh at) and haven’t seen the Terminator films. But this is good new for Terminator films, right? I love Dirty Harry, and if 90 year old Clint Eastwood decided to play him again, I would be off the wall. No matter how old a icon gets, they still only have one lifetime to play that iconic player.

    No matter how bad it is it will be better than his Gubenor-ship.

    • http://twitter.com/scotchy91 Scott Powers

      First off, go watch the Terminator films. They kick ass. Secondly, actors can pass their prime. Not always a bad thing as some age well but Arnold had his physique, accent, and manly personality going for him. They need to write him differently because he’s aged.

    • GrimReaper07

      Thing is, Clint Eastwood takes his career more seriously than Arnold so if he reprises Dirty Harry, you know its because there’s something there he likes. Arnold’s just trying to recuperate his former glory.

    • DG

      Maybe you should watch his best movie role, then maybe you won’t hate him as much…

  • Yup

    If it is living Tissue, with sweat, blood, bad breath…doesn’t that mean that the living tissue would wear down and show signs of aging?

    We never know if the first 3 Films how old his Terminator’s are. And we have never seen one survive past 3-4 days tops!

    So what happens to the living tissue if say one of the Cyborg’s doesn’t get crushed, dipped into Molten Steel and blows itself up?

    What if this one Cyborg survives for 30 plus years?

    • http://senzafine.net/ Yahzee

      … that’s an interesting idea. Maybe you should share it with the writers :D or else we’re going to have some sort of goofy looking CGI de-aging or plot twist a la Terminator: Salvation… xD

    • Nate

      This is pretty spot on I’d say. At least the only plausible scenario I could imagine for his age, aside from infiltrating AARP meetings.

    • Russ

      thats exactly what i wrote, before seeing your comment, guess i should read before just commenting :s but its what i see being the most logical.

    • Russ

      thats exactly what i wrote, before seeing your comment, guess i should read before just commenting :s but its what i see being the most logical.

      • Yup

        RUSS,

        In T2 doesn’t he say his learning computer allows for the more time a Terminator spends with humans the more they learn.

        Learn to speak more human, behave more human.

        So…What would a say a 60-80 year old Terminator behave like that spent it’s time among humans or survived that long.

        I guess I am just assuming that in the 1st Two Films those Terminators were built and then sent immediately back in time.

        In T3, that Terminator indicated he had been around for a little bit.

        But if a Termniator were to survive a long time…I would like to see them go this route.

      • Russ

        Remember though that in t2, that whole learning part was edited and recut, the unedited version shows them resetting his chip from “read only”.
        Conner – can u learn things u havent been programmed with so u can be u know more human and not since a jerk all the time?
        t-800 – my cpu is a neural net processor a learning computer but skynet sets the switch to read only when we’re sent out alone
        sarah – doesnt want u to do much thinking does it??
        t-800 – no
        conner – can we reset the switch?

        So depending if and when skynet ever switches that switch themselves is unknown….seems to me during the war there is no reason to turn that switch on, unless they are alone, which over the course of the main war, they are not.

      • Yup

        RUSS,

        In T2 doesn’t he say his learning computer allows for the more time a Terminator spends with humans the more they learn.

        Learn to speak more human, behave more human.

        So…What would a say a 60-80 year old Terminator behave like that spent it’s time among humans or survived that long.

        I guess I am just assuming that in the 1st Two Films those Terminators were built and then sent immediately back in time.

        In T3, that Terminator indicated he had been around for a little bit.

        But if a Termniator were to survive a long time…I would like to see them go this route.

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  • Jason Richards

    The terminator 1 through 3 are some of the best action movies of all time. I wish they would just redo MCG’s Terminator film and get a director with actual talent to helm it. Great premise for that movie, but the script and MCG’s directing were just awful.

    • http://www.knightsofmarsroundtable.wordpress.com/ Sir Phobos

      I agree about 1 and 2, but 3 is basically a remake of 2, only a lot shittier.

      Salvation’s ending is so, so bad. So bad.

  • Mrl72

    There are only two options here as far as I can see: 1) Mocap or 2) He plays the real person the original T800 design was built upon (as Chris says below). Anything else would be really silly.

  • Lucas Accardo

    As long as he does King Conan, that’s what i’m interested about… ( he could really skip Twins 2….).

  • Harry

    Ideal scenario: David Fincher for the director, and Jessica Chastain as Sarah Connor.

  • kmccarney88

    I wish I could say that I was glad to hear this…..but I cant imagine anything that would be more of a buzzkill than watching a 60 year old, former action star shuffling around as a Terminator.

    The truth is; Arnold had his time…..and the last few years that he may have been able to pass off as a Terminator were devoted to Politics. So, at this point, I think it’s, unfortunately, just time for Arnold to let go of the series.

    But seeing how as though they are going to go through with this regardless of what people say…….and I never thought I would say this….I would actually rather have the cgi-facial replacement that was used in Tron, with a younger looking Arnold, than the real thing.
    Seeing how as though that technique is not quite perfected yet (and I’m being generous by saying “not quite perfected”) I think they need to find a solution for de-aging someone that is middle of the road between practical effects and digital. I say get arnold in shape and have him work out as much as possible to get some of that physique back and have arnold do all the acting and movements (that way it will at least look like him in the way he moves) and then de-age him with added make-up and hair and then polish it off with a refined digitally de-aging wherever necessary…..and then hope for the absolute best.

  • rhizomeman

    Salvation was better than T3. Suit 1: “I got it! This time the Terminator is a hot girl!!” Suit 2: “Wow! Great Idea. I want a script by Monday and we shoot in two weeks.”

    • RiddleThemThis

      Personally I preferred T3 over salvation but here’s what they actually did with T3:
      Suit 1: “Okay, we made the ultimate bad guy in T2, he can turn into liquid and change into any material as long as its not mechanical. What can we do to make it different for T3?”
      Suit 2: “Lets do the opposite! How about this time we make it so that the robot can only turn into other mechanical objects like flamethrowers, etc.. but cannot turn into things like the floor”

      • GunzOfNavarone

        Suit 1: “And lets have her able to run faster than cars but not helicopters which have already been slowed down after crashing into a silo! Fvck yeah! Sounds awesome!”.

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  • Jamesy

    Having Arnie as the sort of “Ultimate human being” that the T-800 was modelled on would be cool, or have him as the only surviving original Terminator that has somehow “broke down” due to living longer than expected, and bring in some fresh blood like Dwayne Johnson as the new Terminator that Arnie has to go against or work alongside. That way you have Schwarzenegger back and a new face as the terminator that lets face it is as close to a modern day Arnold as we can get, The Rock has the physique and the screen presence and can pull of the one liners, get someone like Brad Bird to direct?

    • RiddleThemThis

      That is actually amazing, I love the idea of the Rock as the new terminator while still keeping Arnold in the film.

    • Brian Tipton

      I’d pay to see that movie right now.

    • Butthurt Fanboy

      When T3 came out, I remember thinking it would be better to have two new Terminators: The Rock vs. Vin Diesel. Either one could be good or bad.

  • LEM

    I hoped they’d go an unexpected route but a stupid decision like this means I won’t bother seeing it.

  • Cyber Slammer

    If he plays a 65-year old Terminator they’ll have to extend the movie so he can GET TO DA CHOPPAH!!!

  • Russ

    He can play a terminator if done right….t800 power cells last 120 years, its no stretch to say he is an old terminator 80 years into his “life” and as such is having real skin and hair, its aged just like it should. Having living tissue over his skeleton would have that problem. He could b an old model thats still kickin around.

  • Russ

    He can play a terminator if done right….t800 power cells last 120 years, its no stretch to say he is an old terminator 80 years into his “life” and as such is having real skin and hair, its aged just like it should. Having living tissue over his skeleton would have that problem. He could b an old model thats still kickin around.

  • Jhoagan

    I thought T3 was great, flame me I dont care, salavation sucked due to the ending. Clint Eastwood playing dirty harry as an old guy is different, he is a human. Robots dont age.

  • Jhoagan

    I thought T3 was great, flame me I dont care, salavation sucked due to the ending. Clint Eastwood playing dirty harry as an old guy is different, he is a human. Robots dont age.

  • Glorious_Cause

    Make it stop.

  • filmfreakschoice

    well the terminator does “age” cause his skin is human!

  • filmfreakschoice

    well the terminator does “age” cause his skin is human!

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Terminator Salvation was such a mess… It was almost on par with Skyline.

    this McG must be sued for this crime

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Terminator Salvation was such a mess… It was almost on par with Skyline.

    this McG must be sued for this crime

  • Travis Gowen

    This just confirms the idea that this will be a rental. I feel like this series is going nowhere and is on a continuous loop that will never end regardless of “changes” made in the timeline.

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