“I’ll be back.”
Without question, this was one of the most iconic catchphrases in cinematic history, famously uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger over the span of three Terminator movies (and varied versions of it in numerous Schwarzenegger films).
Arnold may want to add a new catchphrase to his famous cinematic character: “I’m back.”
Ten years after his final appearance as the Terminator in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (not counting the CGI cameo in Terminator Salvation), the website HitFlix reported that Schwarzenegger has confirmed his return to the Terminator series, indicating that 65 year old actor will star in Terminator 5 once the film moves past the development stage and is officially confirmed to go under production.
The tentatively titled Terminator 5 has been reported to be developed by producer David Ellison, known for his work Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher, and also credited on IMDb as being involved with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z. The film is to be written by Laeta Kalogridis (creator of the Birds of Prey TV series, co-writer of Shutter Island, and executive producer of James Cameron’s Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine).
No details are known about what Arnold’s role will be, let alone if the film will continue the story of John Connor, but the most fascinating aspect of the whole situation is how the writers will explain the Terminator’s aged appearance (assuming Arnold plays another cyborg). In T3, the writers implied that Arnold’s aged appearance was due to it being a T-850 model instead of the T-800 model featured in the first two films.
Pending the green light from Warner Brothers, this would be the first new entry in the Terminator franchise since McG’s Terminator Salvation in 2009 and FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series that ran from 2008-2009.