Slashfilm is reporting that a “Terminator 4” may be be in the works:
MGM has announced that over the next few years, they will release half a dozen huge tentpole films in the $200 million budget range, one which will be likely be Terminator 4.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t expected to return in anything more than a cameo. The original plan was to introduce a totally new Terminator.
“We did have to think about a new franchise character. He couldn’t carry the movies anymore. So that caused us to have, I think, a pretty novel approach about what the new terminator would be like, screenwriter John Brancato told Latino Review in 2004. “Again, they made me actually sign things that I would not leak. As much as I would like to brag about the script, I can’t really tell you.”
Rumored Terminator replacements over the last couple years have included: Ralph Moeller, The Rock and Orlando Bloom (Seriously. This must have been before Elizabethtown hit the fan). But with Arnold’s political career possibly coming close to an end, things may change. I’m sure it’s very possible to rewrite Arnold back into the story.
Terminator 3 stars Claire Danes and Nick Stahl are not expected to return for the fourth film.”None of the cast is coming back,” Stahl told SciFi Wire in early 2005. “The T4 story is changing conceptually. I believe it’s a jump to the future, so my character will be quite a bit older. That’s all that I know. So I’m not coming back, which is a drag.”
I think any Terminator film is a while off unless they completely reinvent it (e.g. set it in the future with a whole new cast of characters).