Schwarzenegger Will Return as Learning Computer That's Now in Its 60s

April 27, 2011

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Fulfilling his promise to "be back" in a way far more pandering and monetarily-motivated than anyone ever imagined, Arnold Schwarzenegger is attached to reprise his role in the Terminator franchise, albeit now as a visibly older robot whose flesh loosely hangs as a sorrowful reminder of his ever-declining muscle mass. As was reported before, Fast Five director Justin Lin is still the most likely candidate to direct this next chapter, and Terminator rights holder Pacificor is shopping the Arnold/Lin package around today, with Universal, Sony and Lionsgate, and CBS Films all reportedly "looking hard" at it, presumably hoping that staring long enough will eventually reveal some sense of how we've reached a point in the movie industry that hiring a man that qualifies for a $2 off senior discount at SuperCuts to play a deadly learning computer is somehow one of our most sought-after, likely-to-profit deals.

If they're going to do it, they'll have to act relatively fast, though--and not just because Arnold's not getting any younger. The rights will revert back to James Cameron in 2018, and at that point another deal would have to be worked out if Pacificor wants to keep cranking out these goddammers. But perhaps by then we'll all be so captivated by The Governator that we won't even care about The Terminator anymore, so we'll just cross that bridge when we get there.

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