'Terminator 5' Adds Producer David Ellison

The 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' producer and brother of Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison joins the sci-fi action sequel.

Producer David Ellison joins Terminator 5
Producer David Ellison joins Terminator 5
The upcoming sequel Terminator 5 is becoming a family affair, with producer David Ellison of Skydance Pictures joining his sister Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures.

Back in May 2011, Annapurna Pictures beat out Lionsgate in a heated bidding war for the rights to the franchise, for a reported sum of $20 million. The deal has finally closed just recently, although former rights holder Pacifcorp will be receiving less than the original deal. Pacificorp shelled out $29.5 million for the rights after Halcyon went bankrupt.

There is no screenwriter or director in place yet, but the producers are facing a ticking-clock situation. The rights will revert back to franchise creator James Cameron in 2019, under new copyright laws. The original deal, which called for three films, has been scaled back to two, since that may be all they have time to make before the rights switch hands once again.

Both David Ellison and Megan Ellison served as executive producers on True Grit, but their resumes couldn't be more different aside from that collaboration. David Ellison has focused on big-budget tentpoles such as Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and G.I. Joe Retaliation, while Megan Ellison is behind Oscar bait such as The Master and Silver Linings Playbook.

Terminator Genisys comes to theaters July 1st, 2015 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Matt Smith, J.K. Simmons, Douglas Smith, Dayo Okeniyi. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.



Sources: Deadline

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Comments (6)

  1. Justhim_sir

    I say finish what the last movie left off, I want to see how John Connor beat those damn machines.

    2 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    I've been waiting for this for quite some time now. And with no screenwriter STILL, seems absurd. However, it's good to see a news article on it; some things are moving along it seems.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And I continue to wait...

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Brandon S. Todd

    Oh great, another f*ck up in the form of Terminator 5. Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation were perhaps some of the sh*ttiest films I've ever seen, considering how epic and awesome T1 and T2 were.

    2 years agoby @brandon-scott-toddFlag

  5. Dan

    Or just leave the series alone? Do we really need another Terminator? 1 & 2 were good, 3 had its moments and a solid last 20 minutes, and 4 was completely meh. Lets focus time and money on something a little more original.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. MovieManiac

    I'm pissed that Lionsgate lost out on the bidding war. They are the only studio that i can see make a good Terminator film now.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag