“Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray has been hired to rewrite the new “Terminator” movie for Paramount and Skydance, TheWrap has learned.
“Deadpool” breakout Tim Miller is slated to direct, with original director James Cameron producing the film which will disregard all sequels produced after 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” The new “Terminator” film will also act as an introduction of a whole new cast of characters.
“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”
Cameron directed and wrote the first two films in the franchise, but stepped away before “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” Since Cameron, there have been three sequels and a TV show.
He added that the idea to pretend like later films never happened was Miller’s idea.
“This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it,” Cameron explained. “The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
While Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are expected to return, Cameron added that the purpose of the reboot is to hand off the story to new characters.
“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” he said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”
Ray’s credits include the upcoming “Gemini Man” starring Will Smith and “Overlord,” which he co-wrote.
Ray is represented by CAA and Peter Nichols of Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.