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Terminator fans who are hoping that the franchise continues after Terminator Salvation should be happy to hear that a new film is on the way. Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures, who are producing the fifth entry in the franchise, have found their writing team for the project.
Deadline reported today that Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier had been hired to write the film. David Ellison of Skydance chose the two, who have never shared a writing credit before. His sister, Megan Ellison, whose Annapurna just made Zero Dark Thirty, bought the rights to the property a few years ago from James Cameron.
Cameron created the franchise and directed the first two films, which are both now considered classics of the sci-fi genre and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor also starred in the third film, 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
According to Cinemablend, both writers are Hollywood veterans. Kalogoridis’ credits include Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Pathfinder and Alexander. She is also credited as an executive producer on Cameron’s Avatar. Lussier recently wrote and directed Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry.
Deadline doesn’t mention who will direct the new film or when production would start. It’s also not known where the film would take place within the franchise’s storyline or if Schwarzenegger would be involved.
The former California governor stars in The Last Stand, which hits theaters tomorrow. He also stars in the upcoming The Tomb.