For some bizarre reason, I've always been a lover of sequels. Not all sequels, naturally, but I'm certainly more receptive to the idea of sequels than many people. Having said this, Terminator 3 didn't exactly ring my bell, compared to the classics which preceded it. Still, I'm passing on the below press release, for those who might like to read it.
If you're completely underwhelmed by the prospect of a new Terminator trilogy, then scroll down to the bottom - you may be more titillated by Halcyon's first-option deal on Philip K Dick's works...
TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS
Directed by McG begins production in New Mexico.
Film to star Sam Worthington and Christian Bale.
Burbank, CA May 22, 2008 – “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins", starring Sam Worthington and Christian Bale, began principal photography on May 5, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Halcyon Company Presentation of a Moritz Borman Production of a McG Film, “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” is directed by McG from a script by Michael Ferris and John Brancato. The film is being produced by Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek and Jeffrey Silver and executive produced by Peter D. Graves, Bahman Naraghi, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G.Vajna, Joel B. Michaels, Dan Lin and Jeanne Allgood.
Warner Bros. Pictures is handling all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for the film, with Sony Pictures Entertainment handling distribution rights in most international territories (excluding Korea and select Mideast territories).
In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film
franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
The film also stars Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Kate Connor, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams, Common as Barnes, and Jadagrace as Star.
“Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” marks the latest installment of the multi-billion dollar Terminator franchise and will be the first film in a new Terminator trilogy. The film is scheduled for release in the UK on June 5, 2009 with a North American theatrical release May 22, 2009. The Halcyon Company acquired all Terminator franchise rights in May 2007.
Principal photography is taking place at the Albuquerque Studios and on location throughout New Mexico.
Further information is available at www.terminatorsalvation.com.
Warner Bros. Pictures is a Warner Bros. Entertainment company. Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution, television production and distribution, worldwide channel investments, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment products, services and technologies, and distribution of filmed entertainment in 100* countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
The Halcyon Company is a privately financed, media development, production and financing company, headed by co-CEOs Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek. The company creates, acquires, manages, publishes and maintains a growing list of intellectual properties using both traditional and non-traditional channels of distribution. In May 2007, Halcyon acquired all of the rights in relationship to the Terminator franchise. These rights include the right to produce any future Terminator films, as well as all future merchandising and licensing rights, certain future revenues derived from “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, as well as certain rights in the television project “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and the sole right to produce all future Terminator projects in any new or existing media. Halcyon recently secured first-look rights to the works of science fiction and cyber-punk writer Philip K. Dick. Through this agreement, Halcyon will have the first option to develop in conjunction with Electric Shepherd for film adaptations, as well as television and other media projects, based on Dick’s vast body of works.