Will Sarah Connor and the gang return for Terminator 5?

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Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back for Justin Lin's Terminator 5, could the rest of the cast be far behind? According to one of the Latino Review's sources, Arnold's quarry may be in tow as well:

Or should I say "Terminator 2012" which is the title the pitch is going under right now. It involves time travel back to the present day, and - the exciting and mind-bending part of it all - is that it has the "entire original cast" attached to it, not just Arnie.

Disclaimer time: This is from a real source, I'm not bullshitting you. I don't know what "entire original cast" means, but it's safe to assume that AT LEAST means Linda Hamilton is coming back to re-establish herself as the face of Sarah Connor. At best, we somehow get Michael Biehn as some sort of old Kyle Reese..

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Should this come to fruition, I hope "entire original cast" means "everyone who ever starred in every installment of the Terminator franchise." I'm talking five John Connors (including Michael Edwards), Kristanna Loken, and punk rock Bill Paxton!

[Top image via Terminator Blog]

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Terminator 1 was a well paced little piece of concentrated nightmare. The part when the T-800 comes out of the fire and chase Sarah Connor in the Factory? Pant-shitting scary. Even more because the Terminator is animatronic instead of CGI - it has a weight to it. I know there is something there.

Terminator 2 was an thrilling action ride that gripped you from start to finish and left you breathless, with one of the most frightening villain ever put on screen.

Terminator 3 was a tired copy-paste rehash of the second one, with a unimpressive villain and whiny young actors.

Terminator 4 was a pretty blockbuster with a lot of oomph but not much heart. Not bad (it tried something new), but not memorable either.

I think the problem with the Terminator franchise is that its whole premise is rooted in cyberpunk - in the late 80's/early 90's fear of technology that permeated science-fiction. Computers were (relatively) new and for the Average Joe, it was a mysterious machine with unlimited destructive capacity. The microchip was the new nuke. Today, every one and his mother has a palm-sized gadget that allows him or her to surf the web, take pictures, call people, listen to music, etc. Nobody fear the computer today- we've tamed them. Without this climate of fear, Terminator has to evolve to say relevant - T:SCC tried dealing with new themes - exploring the morality of A.I instead of saying "it's evil", the mutability of time, the concept of faith, the nature of humanity. Themes that does not lend themselves to a 2-hour action/horror movie very easily.