Seriously? Why would any studio back away from the new Terminator project, Terminator: Genesis? I guess staying true to your mission statement is a good reason, which seems to be why Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures will not co-finance the project with Paramount. Annapurna is company that prefers to finance independent projects, such as The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, and American Hustle, so clearly it wasn’t a perfect fit.
Shocking, almost scary news after casting has already begun. So far Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is playing Sarah Connor while Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jason Clarke is negotiating the John Connor role. Also, Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is on board.
So, what now?
Well, Megan Ellison will still be involved as executive producer, but her brother, David Ellison and his Skydance Productions will no co-finance with Paramount. If not for name alone (Skydance/Skynet — get it?), this seems like a better pairing since Skydance is responsible for such films as True Grit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z.
Regarding the shit, David Ellison said:
Skydance Productions focuses on elevated event-level filmmaking and the relaunch of this iconic franchise is a perfect match for our company. I am very confident in our top-notch creative team and the material driving this project. I’m grateful to Megan, who will remain involved as an executive producer, and for initially bringing the Terminator franchise to us. I look forward to our continued creative partnership as we prep for production in April.
Megan Ellison also commented:
We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities. We love this project and the direction it is going in, but for now Annapurna’s primary focus is to produce independent films. As I am staying on as executive producer, I am looking forward to working closely with David and Paramount to make a film that will live up to the brand’s legacy and one that I know audiences will love.
Terminator: Genesis is expected to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.
Rock Hard \m/