Terminator Salvation was more or less intended as a reboot for the Terminator franchise. It didn’t garner the success the studio wanted. But that didn’t mean the franchise died. Much like SkyNet, it keeps rising from the ashes. Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are bringing it back on the big screen and on television.
We knew they’re in the midst of a Terminator movie, but a TV series is a new development. Zach Stentz and Ashley Miller of Thor and X-Men: First Class will write and executive produce the TV show. It will serve as a companion piece to the upcoming trilogy; with their stories intersecting.
I’m reminded of the disappointment over Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles being cancelled during its incredible second season cliffhanger. It expanded the scope and opened up new opportunities for the story to explore. And it’s because of this that I’m hopeful for the new TV series. Stentz and Miller have worked on that very show. There’s a good chance they’ll bring those ideas over.
As for the trilogy, the plan is for Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise his role as the Terminator, tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up. The premise will span different points in time.
To pique more interest: Alan Taylor, of Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World, will direct the first movie.