Terminator 4 in 2009?

From Rise of the Machines to Rise of the New Trilogy?

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Ready for Terminator 4? How about Terminator 5 and Terminator 6?

That's the plan, according to a report published by IGN Movies yesterday. The site spoke with James Middleton, a consulting producer on Fox's 2008 midseason replacement series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Middleton shed some light on upcoming developments with the franchise.

First of all, numbered installments are now passe; the next chapter in the Terminator saga -- which is being written by T3 scribes Michael Ferris and John Brancato -- "will not be called Terminator 4, but instead will use the title Terminator and have some sort of subtitle, as in Rise of the Machines." The Halcyon Company will be producing, and is aiming for a 2009 release.

The idea, according to Middleton, is for T4 to be the first film in a new Terminator trilogy -- one which follows the war with the machines. As for casting, the article tells us that the return of Claire Danes and/or Nick Stahl is still an open question, dependent on "many factors, including the thoughts of the eventual director and others involved."

Middleton also tells us that the next film will introduce a new hero in the saga, saying "Ben-Hur was influenced by Jesus Christ, but it was his story. Much in that way, this character will be influenced by John Connor."

Source: IGN Movies