Director Justin Lin is on the verge of bailing on his second film project in as many months. Mere weeks after exiting Summit’s Highlander remake, the Fast Five director is pulling out of a planned fifth installment of the Terminator franchise, Deadline reports. Producer Megan Ellison and star Arnold Schwarzenegger intend to start shooting on the first of two Terminator films in the fourth quarter of 2012, a date that conflicts with Lin’s schedule for Fast & Furious 6. Lin offered a caveat, however, indicating that he’d gladly return if Ellison and Schwarzenegger are willing to hold off until he’s fulfilled his F&F commitments.
A 4Q 2012 start date sounds perhaps a bit unrealistic for Terminator 5, as Deadline reports that “hasn’t got a script and I don’t think she’s even hired a screenwriter yet. She also hasn’t set a studio partner, even though several are interested.”
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