In some pretty big news, it looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to return to the franchise that transformed him into a star. Deadline is reporting that Arnold is attached to a Terminator package that CAA is shopping to major studios. Here’s a snippet:
“Universal, Sony and Lionsgate, and CBS Films are looking hard at the package. There is no screenwriter attached at this point, and Robert Cort is producing. This is the first real activity on The Terminator project since February 2010, when the property emerged from a bankruptcy auction and into the possession of Pacificor.”
As of now, Justin Lin is attached to direct. Lin, of course, is most well-known for his work on The Fast and Furious franchise with his latest, Fast Five, set to open to big numbers this weekend. Pacificor forked over $29.5 million for the Terminator property during Halcyon's bankruptcy auction, which seemed like a fortune at the time. But if Arnold comes back this might become a very sound investment.
If you remember we ran a story a few weeks back about Arnold announcing that his return to the entertainment business would begin with a collaboration with Stan Lee on a Governator cartoon series. At the time, I was hoping that his first role back would have been something a little more true to the badass characters we all remember him for. Well, this news certainly takes care of that. The question now is whether or not Arnold still has it in him to pull off something like this. The man’s 63 years old and definitely not in Mr. Olympia form anymore. That being said, I’ve learned to never doubt a man who can go toe-to-toe with a Predator.