Well Father Geek here with a big story thats got all the net abuzzzzzz... It looks like Arnold IS doing TERMINATOR III in 2001 as Harry reported in his story on THE BIG OAK a little earlier. Here's just 3 of the dozens of sources that have flooded Geek Headquarters with mail today. This first little tidbit came in from Evan Kutaj...
Here's a little news for you. I was watching the "Tonight Show: With Jay Leno" and Leno mentioned that Arnold Schwarzenegger told "Access Hollywood" that he was going to star in "Terminator: 3". He made a joke saying that instead of his catch phrase being "I'll be back", it would now be "Ow, my back". I guess this means he's agreed to do the film, but I would look for more proof. I swear on this info. See ya.
The Sober Dutchman sent us the following story from VARIETY...
The Sober Dutchman here: WHAT'S THIS? DOES THIS ADD UP? NO CAMERON, BUT SCHWARTZY ONBOARD? I'M PUZZLED AND AMAZED!
From todays Variety:
TERMINATOR LIVES AGAIN
By DANA HARRIS
Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in "Terminator 3," the latest installment of the mega-blockbuster franchise produced by Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna.
"T3" will be produced through Kassar and Vajna's C-2 Pictures and is currently slated for a late spring 2001 start. VCL and Toho-Towa have signed on as co-financiers, but currently there are no other attachments on the project.
Both the 1984 "The Terminator" and the 1991 sequel "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" were directed by James Cameron, but he has stated that he has no intention of revisiting the property, which is based on a character he originally wrote with Gale Ann Hurd.
Kassar and Vajna spent $8 million to buy the underlying rights of the "Terminator" franchise in the 1997 Carolco Pictures bankruptcy auction.
From AB king we have the following which appeared on Schwarzenegger.com earlier...
This latest news was first broke by Schwarzenegger.com and the webmaster that runs that board:
SCHWARZENEGGER PUTS TERMINATOR 3 INTO ACTION
(Los Angeles, CA, June 21, 2000) C-2 Pictures, headed by Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar, announced today that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the cyborg in TERMINATOR 3, the third installment of the blockbuster sci-fi action saga.
T3 will be the first production from C-2 Pictures, the new filmed entertainment company founded and headed by former Carolco Pictures principals Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar. Principle photography is scheduled to commence in Los Angeles in late Spring 2001.
"We've been working long and hard to bring Terminator back to the screen and to have Arnold aboard," said Vajna. "This project brings together a team that has had fantastic successes and we look forward to working together again on this much anticipated project.
Schwarzenegger, whose top-grossing action films include CONAN THE BARBARIAN, PREDATOR, TRUE LIES, TOTAL RECALL, END OF DAYS (which took in nearly $220 million world-wide), ERASER, the original TERMINATOR and TERMINATOR 2 is reigniting movie-goers appetites for big action pictures by extending the TERMINATOR franchise with T3. It will, arguably, be the biggest release of Summer, 2002 and herald the return of the blockbuster mega-movie.
Schwarzenegger just finished THE SIXTH DAY with Robert Duvall, directed by Roger Spottiswoode for Phoenix and Columbia Pictures. He starts shooting COLLATERAL DAMAGE for Warner Bros. in September with Andy Davis directing. Projects presently in negotiation for Schwarzenegger include CRUSADE by Walon Green and DOC SAVAGE for producers Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont. Darabont is in discussions to direct.
To date, Schwarzenegger's 25 films have grossed north of 52 billion.
The script is by Tedi Sarafian (Tank Girl, Solar Crisis). Development of T3 was co-financed with C-2 by Toho Towa and VCL. The two companies have the option of distributing in their respective territories. No other distribution is set but a studio deal is expected.
While no director is currently attached, Schwarzenegger has expressed his desire to reteam with James Cameron, director of the previous Terminator pictures. "My big wish is that Jim Cameron and I will work together again," says Schwarzenegger.
T3 will continue the series that began with the 1984 Orion Pictures release, THE TERMINATOR, produced by James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd. The 1991 sequel, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY was a Carolco Pictures production released by Columbia Tri-Star. It grossed over $500 million worldwide in theatrical release.
Rights to the Terminator series were acquired by C-2 from Gale Ann Hurd's Lightstorm Entertainment as well as well as from the sale of Carolco Pictures assets. C-2 now owns all rights to the Terminator franchise.