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Justin Lin Leaves ‘Terminator,’ At Least For The Time Being

Written by on September 20, 2011 

All the projects that have been falling into Justin Lin‘s lap already led to the Fast Five helmer dropping a reboot of Highlander, with scheduling being the culprit. I just kind of figured that the fifth Terminator film would be a safe bet, since his creative involvement seemed pretty substantial up to this point; it seemed like a commitment in more than just the contractual sense.

However, Deadline now tells us that Lin‘s involvement with Fast Six has led to his exit from the project, which would see Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the project that made him a superstar. Both the actor and Megan Ellisonthe current rights owner and head player in financing — have been planning to get production on “the first of two pictures” going during “the fourth quarter of 2012.” With a new Fast and the Furious coming out on May 24th, 2013, some conflicts inevitably came into play, and he’s now off it.

But, Lin could jump back on if “Ellison and Schwarzenegger will wait” for the completion of the new Fast and Furious. You have to figure that the post-production on his next movie would make him busy until well into 2013, which could potentially mean a lot. The rights to this franchise are going back to James Cameron in 2018, which is considered a source of concern — but couldn’t they get two movies made in about five years? Especially if you just shoot them back to back, it should be a piece of cake. My interest in this won’t necessarily crumble without Lin involved, but his input thus far has me thinking that he should just be handling this. Thankfully, I think he’ll come back, if only a little longer than some might hope.

Are you disappointed to hear about Lin’s departure? Do you think that he’ll eventually get around to making it?

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