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Ellison Siblings Team Annapurna & Skydance for 'Terminator' Revamp

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 4, 2012 at 1:39PM

Megan Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner on her new vision for "The Terminator" franchise. Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to the franchise 18 months ago, promising to finish the cyborg's storyline via a new series of films.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator

Megan Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner on her revamp of "The Terminator" franchise. Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to the franchise 18 months ago, promising to finish the cyborg's storyline via a new series of films. Ellison's banner Annapurna and her brother's banner Skydance Productions will co-produce.

There is still no studio attached, and no script. The clock is slowly ticking on the project, as all "Terminator" rights revert back to James Cameron in 2019. In light of this, the original deal to make an additional three films (adding to the four existing "Terminator" films), has been reduced to two.

The franchise is more in line with David's repertoire. While Megan has poured money into prestige art-house projects such as Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Kathryn Bigelow's current Oscar contender "Zero Dark Thirty," David's Skydance has been outputting "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Jack Reacher," "World War Z" and "Star Trek Intro Darkness."

The siblings, whose father is billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, have only collaborated once before, on the Coen brothers' "True Grit" -- it went on to receive ten Oscar nominations in 2010.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.