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Fast Six schedule means Justin Lin won't direct the new Terminator, unless he does

09.20.2011

While Justin Lin directs the current batch of action stars in FAST SIX (or whatever it'll be titled), another action icon will have to patiently wait for the time displacement equipment to be fully charged.

Deadline reports that the FAST schedule will prevent Lin from directing the sequel(s) to THE TERMINATOR and T2 that he's been attached to for several months. But there's a caveat: deep-pocketed producer Megan Ellison holds the rights (James Cameron gets them back in 2018 if no movie is made by then), and it will depend on if she'll wait for Lin to finish FASTing.

Ellison wants a pair of movies on the SkyNet production line pronto, with the first starting next year, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to appear in some capacity (his involvement started before his own past secrets came knocking on his door like a homicidal cyborg). Lin and the Austrian Oak even reportedly brainstormed with his old chum and two-time TERMINATOR director James Cameron, but who knows what they'll come up with (or how they'll explain Arnie's age -- factory malfunction?). There isn't a script or writer on it yet, but we can probably assume they'll ignore the events of T3 and TERMINATOR SALVATION. (I'm trying to.)

Meanwhile, Lin has a whole bunch of other projects he's developing at Universal, which is happy to be in the Justin Lin biz thanks to the massive success of the FAST series. So if Ellison finds someone else to put an exclamation point on the series Cameron started, at least Lin will have plenty to keep himself occupied for many years.

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Source: Deadline

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4:15PM on 09/21/2011
Why not have Arnie be used in a non robot way IE the guy the molded the look for. Imagine him running into a Terminator and the look on both faces
Why not have Arnie be used in a non robot way IE the guy the molded the look for. Imagine him running into a Terminator and the look on both faces
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2:38PM on 09/21/2011

Don't really understand why Lin is being wooed by the studios

I mean, yeah, he revitalized the Fast and Furious franchise, but the studios are acting like he's the next fucking wunderkind. Fast and Furious did well because the original cast came back, and Fast Five because they had a huge budget. I'm not saying his direction wasn't a part of its success in terms of quality, BUT to say that his directorial attachment had anything to do with putting butts in the seats is silly. I love how studios always do this with someone who makes one or two successful
I mean, yeah, he revitalized the Fast and Furious franchise, but the studios are acting like he's the next fucking wunderkind. Fast and Furious did well because the original cast came back, and Fast Five because they had a huge budget. I'm not saying his direction wasn't a part of its success in terms of quality, BUT to say that his directorial attachment had anything to do with putting butts in the seats is silly. I love how studios always do this with someone who makes one or two successful films - remember after Knocked Up how Seth Rogen was being heralded as the next king of comedy and then he kinda fizzled out after a string of flops?

I'd like to see a new Terminator with Arnie but I'd rather Cameron came back to fix it up.
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12:47PM on 09/21/2011
Good. I hope Lin stays away from terminator. I don't want my Terminator film accompanied by Spanish hip hop, shaky cam, and fast cut editing. No thanks.
Good. I hope Lin stays away from terminator. I don't want my Terminator film accompanied by Spanish hip hop, shaky cam, and fast cut editing. No thanks.
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4:16AM on 09/21/2011
Franchise beyound saving. I don't think that there should be more Terminator, because of the big quality differences of the movies and all the hate that comes with it.
They should leave the franchise alone...
Franchise beyound saving. I don't think that there should be more Terminator, because of the big quality differences of the movies and all the hate that comes with it.
They should leave the franchise alone...
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1:35AM on 09/21/2011

I liked the third Terminator!

I don't know how I feel about this. I think Lin would have done a pretty good job directing the new movie, if his fast movies are any indication. I do like that Arnold was attached to star, because without him it's just not Terminator. As far as his aging goes. We already saw a huge difference between the first and second movies, and I don't really think there will be much of a difference between the third one and the newest one (as long as it gets made soon).
I don't know how I feel about this. I think Lin would have done a pretty good job directing the new movie, if his fast movies are any indication. I do like that Arnold was attached to star, because without him it's just not Terminator. As far as his aging goes. We already saw a huge difference between the first and second movies, and I don't really think there will be much of a difference between the third one and the newest one (as long as it gets made soon).
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1:25AM on 09/21/2011

William Wisher Jr

Can someone please pick up the phone and call him already!! Just put your egos aside for a minute and make this call -- Mr Wisher has pitched a storyline already, I read somewhere!
Can someone please pick up the phone and call him already!! Just put your egos aside for a minute and make this call -- Mr Wisher has pitched a storyline already, I read somewhere!
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