Growing up, this was a film many latched onto. The original Terminator told an epic love story mixed with action. Linda Hamilton had her career launched by this film, and her performance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day made the film the classic it now is. The story of Sarah Connor is what the fans latched onto. It seems the fans were less interested in John Connor once the story focused on him alone. He was meant to be the story. Connor was the savior of mankind.
However, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation focused on John Connor, and both films performed less than expected at the box office. The franchise is counting on the return of a sixty-four year old Arnold Schwarzenegger to bring the franchise back to life. The script for this new Terminator film has not been written yet. There is three years before it would even hit a theater screen. This week the beginning stages started the process.
In recent weeks, the involvement of Vin Diesel was also mentioned as a possibility. He is a fan favorite from another franchise - Fast and the Furious. There are rumors of Fast & Furious 6 already in the works with Fast Five just hitting the big screen this week. A battle between Vin Diesel and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be something to see, but has the time for Terminator passed?
The first film was released in 1984. A 2014 release would mark the thirtieth anniversary. With the last two films not doing as well as the first two, perhaps the time for Terminator has passed. The recent television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, did well, but the ratings weren't solid enough to keep the series on the air with its price tag.
Maybe Terminator can find a way to bring back Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton might be a bit too old for the role, but Lena Headey did well in the role in the series. A bridge between television and film might be just the thing this franchise needs to return to its former glory.