Even before former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his intention to resume his acting career after leaving office, speculation was rife over which film(s) would serve as the launch-pad for the Austrian Oak’s comeback. An expanded role in The Expendables 2 was inevitable, and although no sane person could have predicted the proposed Twins sequel Triplets, the opposite was certainly true of a return to his signature role as The Terminator.
Sure enough, a fifth Terminator movie was announced back in April of last year, with Schwarzenegger set to link up with director Justin Lin (The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious and Fast Five) before the latter bailed on the project in favour of further installments in the high-octane racing series. Since then, things have went quiet on the Terminator 5 front, but now the franchise’s creator James Cameron (Avatar) has briefly spoken about the project to MTV News:
“I was talking to [Schwarzenegger] back in the fall about a new Terminator film and quietly advising on that,” says Cameron, who helmed the 1984 original and its blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. “I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him. I told him he shouldn’t do it until it’s focused on his character. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven’t even been thought of yet.”
Not to disagree with Cameron, but while there might be plenty of “great stories” left for the the Terminator, is the near 65-year-old actor really capable of convincingly portraying the unstoppable killing machine for another outing? Schwarzenegger’s last leading role came in the disappointing Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines way back in 2003 and even then he was cutting it fine, while there’s no way that the CG model from Terminator: Salvation could carry an entire film. Personally, as much as I love Arnie, I have to say I think this is one character that shouldn’t be back…
Regardless, Schwarzenegger will return to screens this year alongside fellow action icons Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and company in The Expendables 2, before reuniting with Stallone for The Tomb, due for release next year.