The Terminator franchise will once again try its hand at making it big on the small screen. This time, however, the forthcoming series will work in tandem with its feature film release, looking to interconnect and embrace various storylines.
The epic sci-fi series started by James Cameron in 1984, has made over $1 billion around the world across four films. A fifth film is slated for release in 2015, however it will be a reboot of original story, and set to be the first of a trilogy.
In conjunction with the anticipated film, a TV series will be launched by Skydance Pictures (‘Star Trek Into Darkness’) and Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty’). Of course, at the moment very little is known about the movie, let alone the show, it is known the companies will embrace the Marvel model, creating a world that fans can immerse themselves into on both TV and film, as has been done with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ and their blockbuster superhero counterparts in theatres.
There is to come a pivotal moment in the film (as it happened in the 1984 version too), where a divergent storyline will present itself, lending itself to television while a main thread continues on the big screen.
This will of course be the second time the terminator world hits the small screen, following ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,’ which ran for two seasons on FOX starting in 2008. A mouthful to say aloud, the show was well-received by critics but not so much by viewers, despite some sci-fi star power. Lena Headey portrayed Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker was her son John, and Summer Glau was the robotic protector sent from the future to protect them.
No word yet on who will portray Sarah Connor in the film, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been more than eager to star in films again since leaving politics, will make an appearance for a fifth time. As for the TV series, it will be written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, who together penned the screenplay for ‘Thor’ and ‘X-Men: First Class.’
The pair also wrote episodes and produced on ‘Chronicles,’ which, depending on how you felt about the series, may sway your thoughts on what’s to come.