Why Is The Terminator 5 Pitch Stuck In The Past?

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Now that the Terminator franchise may live again with new owners Pacificor in talks with Sony and Lionsgate, one former Terminator writer has shared his ideas on how to resurrect fan excitement... by repeating old storylines.

William Wisher, who co-wrote Terminator 2 and also worked on the original movie, has written treatments for both Terminator 5 and Terminator 6 that takes the franchise back to a story based around Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, as well as creating a new role for Arnold Schwarzenegger and new Transformers-like killing machines. Deadline Hollywood's Mike Fleming has seen both treatments and is excited:

As a Terminator fanboy myself, I think Wisher has done a terrific job with a plot that accepts the storylines from Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and McG's Terminator: Salvation. Most interestingly, he turns the story back to the core characters and time travel storyline of the first two films that Wisher crafted with Cameron... Wisher presents a satisfying conclusion to what by then would be a 6-picture struggle between Skynet's machines and John and Sarah Connor to preserve a future that allows mankind to prevail over the machines. I'd pay to see these movies.

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We're admit it; we're unconvinced that turning the clock back to a story that's already been finished in T3 is the way to move forward (although ignoring Salvation's doom and gloom entirely is probably a good idea, as is returning to the fact that Terminator is really all about time travel). Considering the multiple timelines and continuities already involved with the franchise, we'd much rather see a new movie that went for a Star Trek-style reboot and started all over from scratch. Where's JJ Abrams when you need him?

Wisher's Take On 'Terminator' [Deadline Hollywood]

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Terminator 3 was terrible precisely because it was a cheap rehash of number 2. Number 4 was a better movie because it attempted to take the franchise in new directions. If ti succeded or not, that's your opinion. I was pleased with it, but other weren't and that's okay. But to go back to rehashing the same story would be a mistake.