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Back in December, Megan Ellison, the producer who paid over $20 million for the rights to the 'Terminator' franchise, hired her brother David to be her financial and creative partner in an effort to get things rolling on the planned new films. David Ellison comes from Skydance, where he worked on projects like 'M:I-Ghost Protocol,' 'Jack Reacher,' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' Their first tasks were to find a director and a writer, and now it seems they've doubled up on the latter. The Ellison siblings have hired Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis to write 'Terminator 5.' Kalogridis wrote the likes of 'Shutter Island,' 'Avatar,' and 'Nightwatch.' To Lussier's credit are films such as 'Drive Angry,' which he wrote and directed, and 'My Bloody Valentine,' which he directed. The new series entry will be a co-production of Skydance and Annapurna, the latter having both 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'The Master' in Oscar contention.
This is shaping up to be possibly the weirdest 'Terminator' to date. The collaboration between the Ellisons is already intriguing in that Annapurna has a catalog of more artistic films whereas Skydance is more renowned for its crowd-pleasing genre fare, and that's by no means a knock. On top of that, they've now hired the most bizarre couplet of screenwriters in recent memory. I really liked 'Drive Angry.' I found it to be a silly, off-the-wall fictive sequel to 'Race with the Devil.' However, nothing else in Lussier's canon has been worthy of even that sort of paltry praise. On the other hand, Kalogridis has written some incredibly successful films that have simultaneously earned their fair share of critical notice. That's not to say 'Shutter Island' or 'Avatar' are perfect films with no detractors, nor that Kalogridis hasn't written a stinker or two, but let's just say that her track record is noticeably stronger than Lussier's. All that said, I'm really interested in how these two collaborate to potentially craft something that is both thoughtful sci-fi and extremely entertaining.
What do you guys think? Happy with the writing duo hired for 'Terminator 5?' Think the new film can turn the franchise around?