With the tremendous success of Fast Five still pulling in a fortune at the box office, director Justin Lin has his sights set on his next blockbuster franchise. Lin spoke with MTV News about the recent confirmation that he will direct a fifth Terminator film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Everything has just been between me and Arnold, you know?” says Lin in response to rumors that other former actors could return to the franchise, “Just us going out and trying to find the right partners. I have certain elements, but it’s never been about, ‘Hey, let’s bring everybody back!’ I just don’t process that way.”
Though he’s light on details, Lin and Schwarzenegger are said to have a clear direction they’d like to take a fifth feature in and it could very well be one that ignores the continuity of the past two films, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation (not to mention the television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”).
“I always feel like what’s great about the ‘Terminator’ franchise is that there’s time-travel and there are different timelines to play with,” Lin explains, “There are also a lot of gaps from what we love about all of the ‘Terminator’ movies, so there’s a lot of things we can do and play with… [‘Terminator’] does have that capability, finding fresh ways of going back without destroying other [movies], because you can tell your own stories.”
There is currently no definitive timeframe for the potential fifth film, but Lin suggests that things could be solidifying in a matter of weeks.