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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s the sci-fi franchise that keeps coming back for more, but the next instalment, Terminator 5, will be part one of an all-new trilogy.

All of which means that the blockbuster series will be up to number seven by the time of the third release, so ultimately it will have something in common with the Police Academy series, although thankfully this will be where the similarities begin and end.

Anyway, we digress. While the project has indeed been confirmed by Paramount as a re-imagining of the original premise, which means that the set of three will become a franchise in itself, not a lot is known at this moment in time. It is also uncertain whether you-know-who will be – no wait, we’ll resist the temptation of the obvious pun – making a return.

As he was busy being Governor of California during the making of 2009’s Terminator Salvation, Arnold Schwarzenegger was only able to appear briefly as a CGI image. Whether or not this had anything to do with the movie’s relatively modest success, we will never know, but it definitely felt like something was missing. In an interview earlier this year, The Austrian Oak said of Terminator 5, “We’re writing it now. There are three projects being written that involve me.” Incidentally, the other two in question are sequels of Twins and Conan – heck, it just gets better and better!

Meanwhile, Paramount has also made it known that the screenplay will be written by Laeta Kalorgridis and Patrick Lussier, although a director has not been set in stone as yet. One thing for sure is that all members of staff will have their work cut out, as the saga rather lost its way with Rise of the Machines and Salvation, so surely it’s time to get back to basics and look at what made the first two films the classics that they are.

Personally, we’d rather be on a mission to save the planet from an army of indestructible cyborgs, but all should be revealed around June, AD 2015.

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