New TERMINATOR TV Series in the Works; Will Tie into Feature Film Reboot

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Prepare for plenty of Terminator goodness over the next few years.  Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures are currently developing a feature film reboot of the franchise to be directed by Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor, but in addition to that film it appears that a new TV series is in the works as well.  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.  Moreover, this new TV show will directly tie into the new Terminator movie, which is being planned as the first in a trilogy of films.  Hit the jump for more.

terminator-tv-show-rebootAnnapurna Pictures, the studio behind American Hustle and Zero Dark Thirty, landed the rights to the Terminator franchise back in 2011, but they only just started making serious movements on the feature film front.  The rebooted film is due in theaters on July 1, 2015, but THR reports that a new TV series is being developed in tandem with the film.  Here’s the logline for the show per THR’s report:

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.

Interweaving the feature film franchise with the TV show is certainly an ambitious prospect, but nabbing Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and executive produce the series seems like a solid move.  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.  The latter series ended its run in 2009, and presumably this new TV show will be significantly different than that show.

On the feature film side of things, the role of the new Sarah Connor is apparently down to Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street).  Once that role is filled, Alan Taylor and the studio plan on moving on to casting John Connor and Kyle Reese.  It’ll be interesting to see if there is also character crossover with the TV show, meaning that whoever is cast in one of the supporting roles in the Terminator film might also be a major presence in the TV series.  There’s no word on how soon the TV show might make it to airwaves, but a 2015 launch to coincide with the feature film doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.

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  • Scurvy

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a seriously underrated show that, like a lot of good Fox shows, got shipped to Friday and/or canceled.

    • Werefon

      Yeah, when it was canceled Fox throw out all stuff of a showruner without telling him. And won’t let him into the parking lot.

      Just horrible pieces of shit. Look what they did to FF, Die Hard, AvP and go on and on.. Does anybody, ANYBODY read scripts there. Shit movies are keep getting released. Especially written by Skip Woods. He is horrible asshole. And they let him write Hitman(was ruined), also Die Hard (ruined and sent to hell), his script for upcoming Sabotage was so shitty that Favid Ayer was have to rewrite it big way.

    • Dev1359

      Fuck the reboot and fuck this TV show tie-in, bring back Terminator: SCC. That show was good enough to erase T3 and Salvation from my mind

      • Werefon

        As much I would want it – not happening. Lena is in slowly fading (quality wise) Game of Thrones, Summer is in Arrow, Green is banging Megan Fox and JC is doing some low grade movies I guess.

        Showruner won’t back for sure and Fox is assholes.

  • jk

    As long as the show doesn’t end up on Fox, I’ll remain hopful.

    • jk

      Er, hopeful.

  • Aaron King

    three words for this: A.M.C.

    • webitube

      Anywhere but Fox or SyFy.

  • ChrisIlls

    I wonder if the critical moment they are talking about, is where Kyle Reese inserts the pipe bomb into a gap in the Terminator’s side and dies from being too close to the explosion and the series goes in the other direction with Kyle surviving.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      My theory is the moment someone goes back in time. One storyline takes place in the present (or 1984) and the other in the post-apocolyptic future.

      If the TV show follows the post-apocolyptic side, the events of that timeline wouldn’t be changed by the outcome of the film. The show runs for 2 or 3 seasons between films, and the season cliffhanger involves characters going back in time once again. Only this time they do change the timeline in someway. So when you return for another season the timeline is suddenly different in some way.

      I have no idea if this is a good or bad idea. I have no idea if a intertwined universe like this can work, but it’s an interesting concept and I’m all for giving it a try. This makes me more interested in the project than anything else I’ve heard thus far.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      My theory is the moment someone goes back in time. One storyline takes place in the present (or 1984) and the other in the post-apocolyptic future.

      If the TV show follows the post-apocolyptic side, the events of that timeline wouldn’t be changed by the outcome of the film. The show runs for 2 or 3 seasons between films, and the season cliffhanger involves characters going back in time once again. Only this time they do change the timeline in someway. So when you return for another season the timeline is suddenly different in some way.

      I have no idea if this is a good or bad idea. I have no idea if a intertwined universe like this can work, but it’s an interesting concept and I’m all for giving it a try. This makes me more interested in the project than anything else I’ve heard thus far.

  • Werefon

    However it works they should make series and movies available for the tv-audience and movie-audience by considering that one group didn’t watch film and another didn’t watch tv-show. So, it will work even if you a new to all this.

    Seems exactly what was planned for The Dark Tower adaptations.

    • Phoenix

      Why can’t they just do a 7 season adaptation of The Dark Tower series in the way Game of Thrones is being adapted?

      Ron Howard needs to take a lesson from the guys who brought Game of Thrones to TV and forget about trying to get three films and two seasons of TV made for the entire series. I’m sure an actor like Javier Bardem would be up for shooting a show for HBO or Starz or Cinemax.

      • Werefon

        I down with that as long as Javier Bardem, is not Roland. He is a great actor but nothing like Roland, just Nothing. Complete miscast. Even 60 years old Vigo is much better or Russel Crow(if he finally looses 100 pounds that he doesn’t shake off for a few years now).

  • Werefon

    How they want Arnie pass as Cyborg covered with all that muscle??? Even T shots or GHR won’t help him to look like he was at least in T3 (he looked exactly like in T2 musclewise, which is amazing). But now he can’t do that.

    • Jamesy

      Well if they go the route of, the Terminators have living tissue. It could make sense, one that’s survived and been around a while. Or have Arnold be the blueprint from what the Terminators were based on, now he’s older and beaten up, there’s always new ways to bring an old story back. Hollywood just have the realise this, and do it well.

      • Werefon

        Even with that explanation Arnie should add 50 pounds of clean muscles at least. Not an easy task for a guy of his age BUT possible for 100 percent. At this age his testosterone production is low but he is still Playa which means it still better than the most old peops + he’ll take some shots on TRT AND HGH and will be back.

        Also, in this case they should show a few other younger Arnold’s in one shot with the old one just to explain how it works.

  • MEY

    We do not need a Terminator feature film reboot!

  • Robby Richmond

    As with others in the comments I share the hope that a new TV show will prosper and given how much TV has changed in the 4 years since Fox effed over Sarah Connor there remains a good chance the show will be given time to grow so long as its given plenty of wriggle room on a cable network like AMC.

    One of the issues SCC struggled with was the length of the series, 22 episodes in the 2nd season, too many filler episodes, too expensive to run. Thankfully US TV (certainly on cable at least) seems to have seen sense and cut it down to 12-15 (though the walking dead is still guilty of filler episodes in this and the last season) and I personally think that works so much better. Though you only need to look at Agents of Shield, 22 episodes? 24 episodes? too much. I know its gotten stronger over the last 2 or 3 weeks but its still far too much in the modern day. Even 24 is coming back with less episodes…

    When you look at some of the people employed by the Ellison siblings around the franchise it does fill me with great excitement. I really enjoyed Alan Taylor’s Thor movie and I agree with Werefon, we at the moment seem free of hacks like Skip Woods, Stenz and Miller’s work certainly speaks for itself at this juncture (positively).

    Quite pleased to see Brie Larson up for the role, a very talented young woman, whilst Emilia Clarke is obviously a very beautiful young woman, she’s not every done much to inspire me, asides from pout and occasionally de-robe in Thrones what else has she done? I doubt many of the US posters will have seen Spike Island and I doubt many will want to either…

    I like where Sean Chandler is going with his concept for the TV show and it looks familiar to the way SCC was hoping to head into in season 3.

    Regardless, wonderful news for T-heads and there are many of us.

    • Robby Richmond

      wow that was an essay. sorry everyone.

    • Khan

      I disagree, there’s something very powerful and very vulnerable and very likeable about Emilia Clarke’s performances. She’s a mystery to me, but I believe she’s the One.

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