He’ll be back – new “Terminator” trilogy incoming?

Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" - image (C) Robert Zuckerman/Warner Bros
Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” – image (C) Robert Zuckerman/Warner Bros

Lest you think that this blog has turned into a tribute to 80’s Action Icons, news reaches me that agreement has been reached behind the scenes and a prospective new trilogy of “Terminator” movies will be bothering multiplexes from summer 2015.  With, you guessed it, the Austrian Oak himself confirming his involvement.

As one of the five or six people globally who quite enjoyed the McG-helmed, 2009 future war “Terminator:Salvation”, this news can only be welcome.  Whilst several miles away from perfect – the climactic surgical procedure is a real face-palm moment – McG’s movie undid a lot of the damage wrought by “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and actually gave us what fans had wanted to see since 1984’s original James Cameron classic.

If “Terminator: Salvation” has a USP, it’s that it set out to give the viewer an extended look at the future war mostly spoken about in previous franchise entries, a cataclysm which pitted machine against man and gave birth to the torturous, not always plausible, tangled web of paradoxes we’ve been (mostly) entertained by ever since.

Producing the film, intriguingly, are siblings Megan and David Ellison, who’ve followed very different paths to bring films to the screen – Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures have brought you the likes of “Lawless”, “The Master” and “Zero Dark Thirty” whilst brother David’s Skydance Productions have credits including “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, “G.I. Joe – Retaliation”, “Jack Reacher”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “World War Z”.

The film has a tentative release date of June 26th 2015, pitching it headlong into a summer which includes the hotly anticipated J.J. Abrams “Star Wars: Episode 7”, a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Independence Day 2” and, oh yes, “The Avengers 2”.

No pressure, then.