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Much like its titular robot hitman, 'The Terminator' franchise has proven near impossible to kill. McG sure tried to destroy it with 'Terminator: Salvation,' as did a rights issue just a few months ago. However, Megan Ellison has been rather determined to get a new movie produced; scaring up over $20 million for the rights. Then just last week, she and her brother David hired Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis to write 'Terminator 5.' And now, a figure from franchise past appears to be returning. While promoting his latest film 'The Last Stand,' Arnold Schwarzenegger began listing for the attending press all of his upcoming projects, and 'Terminator 5' found its way onto that list. It is not certain whether Arnold would occupy a major role in the film or something more akin to a cameo. This is not the only franchise to which Arnie is scheduled to return. On that same list were projects like 'Triplets' and the new Conan movie.
Here is a situation wherein reason must trump fandom. The immediate reaction to this news would be to rejoice at the return of the original cybernetic assassin. However, let's assume for a moment that Arnold will be playing the lead role, the guy is beyond too old to lead an action-heavy sci-fi flick. As much as I was looking forward to 'The Last Stand,' it was clear from the fact that a majority of his stunts were based around sitting in a car or moving somewhat quickly from one place to another during a firefight that he has lost a step or two in his old age. Not even with a cadre of stunt doubles do I see how he could possibly manage the physical demands of a film like this. Even if his T-101 would only make a cameo, these are robots for crying out loud. They don't age! So seeing Arnie's wrinkled visage as T-101 even for a moment would make absolutely no sense. My guess is that it'll be more like his cameo in 'The Rundown;' a brief glimpse of him as a background character in a sort of passing of the torch moment. Anything more than that I feel is categorically unwise. Their only other option would be to pursue the same CG approach that allowed for the brief reappearance of Arnold's T-101 in 'Terminator Salvation,' but I can't imagine the audience having to endure that for an entire film.
What do you guys think? Is Arnold's return a good thing for the franchise or a desperation move? Do you think he will have a major role?
Source: Bleeding Cool