He's Back: Arnold Begins Production on 'Terminator' Reboot
By David Weiner
He said he'd be back... Exactly 30 years after Arnold Schwarzenegger first delivered his signature catch-phrase, production has officially begun on the newest Terminator movie, with Arnold once again front-and-center as everyone's favorite cyborg.
Principal photography has commenced in New Orleans on the untitled Terminator reboot, which is being directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) and written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island). Game of Thrones' dragon beauty Emilia Clarke takes over the role of Sarah Connor, with A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke as John Connor. J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee round out the cast.
No plot details have been disclosed officially at this point, but with Jason Clarke as an adult John Connor, there will undoubtedly be some time travel/ and/or temporal storytelling involved, a staple of the franchise. Previous to the new reboot, there were four Terminator films: James Cameron's The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), and McG's box-office disappointment Terminator Salvation (2009), which Arnold was forced to skip due to his responsibilities as Governator of California, although his character made a brief cameo in a younger, CGI'd form.
Paramount will distribute the new Terminator reboot worldwide on July 1, 2015.