The Hollywood Reporter just broke the news that Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are teaming up to bring a new Terminator series to a television near you. That's not all. Unlike the ill-fated Sarah Connor Chronicles, this one will tie-in directly to the upcoming rebooted film franchise.
THR describes the show like this:
"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 surprising and dramatic ways."
The creative team behind this new series is Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller- who are no strangers to adapting James Cameron's cyborg creations to television. The duo also worked on Sarah Connor Chronicles, and their other past credits include Thor, The Fall Guy, and Starship Troopers.
As we know by now, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the film franchise and director Alan Taylor has been tapped to helm the relaunch. The Hollywood Reporter also claims to have a partial plot synopsis for what would be a new trilogy. They say it will span several timelines and revolve around Schwarzenegger's "T-800" protecting Sarah Connor as she grows up.
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) are said to be frontrunners for the role of Sarah Connor in the new films. As of now, no casting announcements have been made for this new TV series. Though, if Clarke really is in the running for Connor, then it's safe to assume that the character will not factor into the TV show. Clarke's GoT commitments would conflict otherwise, which leads me to believe that the new series will focus on new characters.
More as it develops.