TheArnoldFans is in Australia for the next few days covering Arnold Schwarzenegger's big visit and his participation in the 21st Century Financial Education Summit. Schwarzenegger is speaking at various locations and seminars but it hasn't been all talk about business entrepreneurs and sports leaders because Arnold did talk a little about his next big film. "Terminator 5 starts filming early 2014," said the T-800 star himself and even said production would begin in January or February. Schwarzenegger also told us he would receive a final script for Terminator 5 and Triplets (a sequel to Twins) in the next couple of weeks.
We believe Arnold will still be involved in Expendables 3 and he'll probably be filming around September shortly after production begins in August. But what happened to The Legend of Conan? The barbarian script is in progress but apparently T5's script is further along. Also, as much as we all want to see Schwarzenegger in a new Conan more, perhaps it's a smarter move to first release T5, which will prove to Universal (Conan's distributors), that The Oak is still a huge box office draw. Perhaps the more T5 makes in the worldwide box office, the bigger the budget and better Conan film.
Our Australian correspondents for TheArnoldFans, Dan Deltondo and Andrew Hedgman will try to get some more comments from Schwarzenegger over the next couple of days so stick around for more Arnold news!
Now we have other Terminator news from TheWrap.com and Examiner.com. Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire distribution rights to the next Terminator movie that is being produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison's Skydance Productions, an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap.
But in bigger news rumor comes word from WWE Examine that one version of the T5 script is being produced specifically for The Rock! According to the scenario outlined, T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor's parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor. Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger's remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today's standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.
We at TheArnoldFans are happy to hear that the writers are not doing a story of present day times. Perhaps if this is in the '40s, The Connor parents will be heavily involved in WWII and are fighting their own war with the machines who are the ones really responsible for developing the A-bomb? Who know's what will happen but an all new time period with occasional future war flashbacks sounds and with Arnold as a human is fresh enough to bring back fans who've been turned off by the past films of the Terminator franchise. Maybe we can go back in time to tear up the Terminator Salvation script?
And if Twins 2 comes before Conan...TO HELL WITH YOU, CROM!