Just recently it was reported that Justin Lin had signed a two–year deal with Universal Pictures that would see him working on numerous different films, including Fast and the Furious 6, the follow–up to Fast Five, which Lin directed in addition to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious.
But one of the multiple other projects that Lin is attached to direct is Terminator 5, which is still being developed and does not have a major studio backing it yet. Even so, Lin had a chat with MovieHole recently, and discussed the future of the Terminator franchise, including bringing back Sarah Connor somehow.
The movie is still far off in the distance and its future is very much unknown. The rights are owned by Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures, and it has been said that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to his iconic Terminator role, but things could still go a lot of different ways, including down. And if that were to become the case, the movie might not even happen at all.
But for the sake of discussion, let’s say Terminator 5 is going to happen with Lin as the director. He’s chatted with Schwarzenegger and Ellison seems to like him, so where will he take the franchise? That still remains to be seen, but he does seem to like the idea of bringing back Sarah Connor, who was dead in the forgettable Terminator 3. Linda Hamilton, who most famously played the character in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was asked to reprise the role in T3, but because they planned to kill her off half way through the movie, she declined.
When asked about bringing her back, Lin said:
I mean, Sarah Connor is such a big part of the franchise, you know. Yeah, I mean I’ve always been surprised how in part 3 she was just like”¦ It was like one line and she was gone.
But I think the great thing about this franchise is you have”¦ You can actually have different canons because you have the element of time travel. So, there’s a way of kind of respecting all the works but also able to create a new time line.
If this tactic is used, it’s unclear if the director would reach out to Hamilton to return, but because of the aforementioned time travel element, he could theoretically set the movie whenever and have any or all previous stars return to the roles they once played.
It’s safe to assume that the majority of people would rather another Terminator movie never happened, but again, for the sake of discussion, do you like the idea of Sarah Connor being resurrected for Terminator 5, or should things be left as there were?