‘Terminator’ TV Series in Development with ‘X-Men’ Writers

The Terminator

TV show narrative to intersect with narrative in forthcoming 'Terminator' franchise reboot

Terminator” continues to make good on its “I’ll be back” promise — this time, with a new TV show.

Skydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures — the shingles behind Paramount’s 2015 “Terminator” reboot — have teamed to develop a fresh “Terminator” television series, hiring “X-Men: First Class” scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and exec produce.

TV project is said to follow a critical moment from the first “Terminator” film — where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming television show will take that same moment in a completely different direction. Skydance and Annapurna expect the new “Terminator” TV series and rebooted “Terminator” film franchise to have intersecting narratives, as well.

Megan Ellison of Annapurna will produce the “Terminator” TV series with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross of Skydance. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier are on board as exec producers.

This won’t be the first time that “Terminator” has received the small screen treatment. “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a spinoff from the film franchise, aired on Fox for two seasons, from 2008-2009. Both Stentz and Miller worked on the drama as producers and scribes.

The pair’s credits also include Fox’s “Fringe” and feature film “Thor.” They are repped by Principato-Young.

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  1. tscchope says:

    The way movies 3 and 4 treated John Connor a reboot is definitely in order. TSCC got him wrong, too.

    First time round, Skynet would not have sent back a terminator to kill Sarah Connor. Sarah Connor would have been just another name on a casualty list. There’d have been no John Connor..

    I can envisage Skynet deciding humans could not have built it. That Skynet caused itself to be. So sent a terminator back with design specifications. A resistance soldier named Kyle Reese was sent back in advertently- backing away after setting charges – as humans took and destroyed that new facility.

  2. John C. says:

    This is extremely frustrating news. Why aren’t they bringing in Josh Friedman and Warner Bros. to continue The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Warner Bros. actually reached out to Annapurna in order to do just that, but they refused. Why? Is this damn reboot so important that they’ll just ignore the greatest venture that ever had the Terminator name on it?

    The only encouraging thing is that they hired Zack and Ashley, but without Warner Bros. they cannot use the Sarah Connor Chronicles characters. Without Josh Friedman, they can no longer have a leader to direct them through the planned story. I understand they are moving away from The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but that’s just the major problem, THEY ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT.

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles was the absolute greatest possible direction Terminator could have gone with each character being a major icon:
    Summer Glau as Cameron Phillips (and Allison Young),
    Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese,
    Garret Dillahunt as John Henry (and Cameron Phillips, Cromartie, George Laszlo, and Beast Wizard)
    Shirley Manson as Catherine Weaver,
    Richard T. Jones as James Ellison,
    Mackenzie Brooke Smith as Savannah Weaver,
    Lena Headey as Sarah Connor,
    and Thomas Dekker as John Connor.

    That cast needs to be brought back to headline Season 3 of The Sarah Connor Chronicles along with Josh Friedman showrunning with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller part of the writing team (along with as many of the other TSCC writers they can get back).

    No other direction it should go but back on the track it was on.

    This reboot is a horrible idea.

    Hiring Zack and Ashley to work on this is like bringing your beloved back from the dead, only to reprogram your friends to rape her violently via camera while you watch the television helplessly.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Josh Friedman made a mess of Terminator. Sarah Connor Chronicle was a huge flop. And it wasn’t because it was brilliant.

      As for Summer Glau, why do casting executives think people want to see more of her. Everything she’s in deservedly dies a quick ratings death.

  3. I liked SCC. It wasn’t perfect, but I thought it was gaining momentum when they cancelled it. I know a lot of people didn’t like “Salvation”, but I liked it a lot more than T3. I hope they get it right with this new show.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      It had “momentum”. It was rapidly going to zero viewers… Amazing how people don’t remember what a complete disaster it was.

      Than again, everything that’s been on FOX since (with the exception of House) has been as bad…

  4. Sweepscape says:

    I thought the Sarah Conner chronicles was pretty good, they could have done a lot more with it. Though it was weird having Shirley Manson from Garbage as a terminator.

  5. Rena Moretti says:

    So Sarah Connor Chronicles nad the last Terminator movies weren’t awful enough…

    How ridiculous! How many times does that franchise need to flop before they make something original?

  6. Sarah Connor says:

    Ummm why dont they just revive The Sarah Connor Chronicles?? That was awesome.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Perhaps because Sarah Connor Chronicles took a beloved franchise and turned it into a massive flop (one of the many culprits – the ever-awful Summer Glau – she knows how to chase viewers away!)

  7. Randy Russell says:

    They’re just milking it now. The first two film and aspects of Salvation were great. 3 is forgotten to me and the series was cool. Create something memorable with great acting, writing and a velocity of one and two and visuals of Salvation if they take it in the dystopian way. Feature John as a child again or teenager and have some way of bringing Kyle Reese back.

    • Justin Jackson says:

      Summer Glau may not be the greatest actress, but, she sure didn’t chase me away. She is quite hot. And,the writing was pretty good. I really like the SCC

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Yet everything she touches flops… for a reason. People don’t buy her “acting”… There are hundreds of “hot” actresses in L.A. who don’t work and have a lot more talent than Summer Glau.

  8. Wolfa Moon says:

    Since Sarah Conner Chronicles went over so well. Just don’t let FOX pick it up or it is doomed.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Like all networks aren’t the same at this moment. The same executives play musical chair and flop from one network to the next.

  9. Welcome to the world of Sequel TV…

  10. harleyb says:

    Sarah Connor Chronicles was awesome.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      I fail to see what was “awesome” about her “performance” except her nimbleness. She has zero acting ability and zero charisma and audiences weren’t fooled.

    • Andrew Lawton says:

      Since I doubt that we will ever see repeats on TV, it was a good reason to get the DVDs.

  11. jackconner says:

    I enjoyed the first TV series. It wasn’t great, but it was pretty darned entertaining and getting better. It ended on an amazing cliff-hanger. Would love to see where the show would have gone from there, maybe in the form of a comic or something.

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