Terminator needs to be much, much more complicated. Yes we’ve already had four time tangled movies and a TV show, each criss-crossing and cancelling out and contradicting each other until the upcoming Terminator Genisys looks like sentient fanfiction. And yes, at least two more films are planned after that. But we need more.
Good news! Another Terminator TV series could be heading to your screens in the future. Or the past. Whatever.
According to David Ellison, CEO of production company Skydance, a series is “something that we’re developing as we speak,” and the company’s goal is to “build worlds across multiple mediums.”
“I think everyone talks in Hollywood about franchises, ‘it’s a franchise business, it’s a franchise business’… I think it’s a world creation business.”
Ellison clarified that the company’s “gut aspiration” would be a 13-episode cable show, but it’s still in the planning stages. That would be enough for some movies, but this is Terminator, so of course there is an added complication.
As mentioned, Terminator has already had a short lived TV series – the brilliant Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey in the title role.
Way back in 2013 – or the distant future, if you’re Skynet – former SCC writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were rumoured to be working on another Terminator TV series that negated all subsequent films after the original Terminator. A bit like Genisys, starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke in the title role.
So, if the new show follows the form and pushes Terminator’s time travelling, reality warping premise to its absurd conclusion, we could, just conceivably see Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) team up with Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in a violent medieval fantasy land. But with robots instead of dragons. Or whatever.