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'Terminator' TV Series In The Works That Will Tie Into The Upcoming Reboot

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 6, 2013 at 2:02PM

Even though America said, "No thanks, we'd rather not watch the 'Sarah Connor Chronicles,' " and even though as a franchise, "The Terminator" films stopped being worth watching in 1991, Megan Ellison and Hollywood are convinced that you really want more. So, they've reupped Arnold Schwarznegger to once again lumber around against the laws of physics and everything we know about the human body for a reboot coming in 2015 that will kick off a new trilogy. But it seems that's not all ...
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Even though America said, "No thanks, we'd rather not watch the 'Sarah Connor Chronicles,' " and even though as a franchise, "The Terminator" films stopped being worth watching in 1991, Megan Ellison's Annapurna and Skydance are convinced that you really want more. So, they've reupped Arnold Schwarznegger to once again lumber around against the laws of physics and everything we know about the human body for a reboot coming in 2015 that will kick off a new trilogy. But it seems that's not all ...

"Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers  Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller have been tapped to write a new "Terminator" TV series that will criss-cross with the new movie. We'll let THR explain:

The TV series will follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in some surprising and dramatic ways.

So, we'll say this at least—it's ambitious. But can it work? This plan presumes a network greenlight and also pre-supposes that an audience is going to be interested enough to see how it all plays out. And one only has to look at "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."—which has seen ratings drop each week despite faint ties to the movie-verse and years worth of multiplex worldbuilding—to see that even the biggest franchise in the world doesn't guarantee small screen success. In short: movie and TV audiences can be very different beasts.

And then there's the question of whether or not this can creatively hit the mark. Referencing a nearly 30-year-old movie with a story thread that will trail in two different directions and then intersect later ... again, it's really going to have to be brilliant and fully satisfying to work. So, we'll see how this goes. Certainly, it makes the lead up to July 1, 2015 a bit more interesting.


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