UPDATED: Terminator Reboot Gets A 2015 Release Date

We've been hearing about a possible Terminator 5 for a long time now, but it wasn't until recently that it looked like it could be a reality. Earlier this month we learned that Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions were working on a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, and then Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed plans to start production at the start of next year. The project still has many pieces to put into place - most notably a director - but now some big questions have been answered

Paramount Pictures has officially announced that they will be releasing a Terminator reboot that will be the first in a brand new trilogy on June 26, 2015. It is currently the only film scheduled for that weekend, but it will be sandwiched in between Pixar's Inside Out - an animated film about the inner workings of a young girl's mind - and Independence Day 2 - Roland Emmerich's long-awaited sequel to his 90s alien invasion disaster epic. The press release about the project doesn't mention any details about the plot of the film, but it has been confirmed that Schwarzenegger will be returning and screenwriters Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis are writing the script

It puts an interesting twist on rumors heard just last week that would involve Dwayne Johnson coming aboard as a Terminator. Instead of being set in the future the story would go back to the 1940s and feature Schwarzenegger as a man, not a machine, who protects an earlier generation of the Connor clan from a time traveling The Rock bot. As far as reboots go, that's not a terrible idea. The rumor says that it would be Schwarzenegger's heroism that inspires the robots to design their T-800s to look like him.

The summer of 2015 is starting to sound like it will be one for the record books. In addition to the Terminator reboot, Independence Day 2, and Inside Out that year will also see the release of Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Jurassic Park IV, The Fantastic Four reboot, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. It could very well end up being a year that goes down in blockbuster movie history.

Clearly the next step is to find a director. There was a time back in 2011 when Fast & Furious 6's Justin Lin was attached to helm, but he ended up dropping out due to expected scheduling conflicts with Fast & Furious 6. At the time Lin said that he could be back, and, obviously, Fast & Furious 6 happened while Terminator 5 stalled. Right now Lin's future plans are unclear, but we do know that he won't be coming back for Fast & Furious 7, instead leaving the franchise in the capable hands of James Wan. Could the next Terminator movie be what he does instead? Would he be your first choice for the helm? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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