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'Thrones' and 'Thor: The Dark World' Helmer Eyed to Direct Next 'Terminator' (EXCLUSIVE)

Justin Kroll

Variety

5:30 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

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After creating worlds filled with dragons and demi-gods, "Game of Thrones" and "Thor: The Dark World" helmer Alan Taylor looks ready to enter the world of cyborgs.

Sources tell Variety that Taylor is in talks to direct the rebooted "Terminator" film for Skydance Productions, Paramount and Annapurna Pictures. All the studios and reps had no comment on the news.

Plot details have not been revealed other than this is the first film in a stand alone trilogy. It is still unknown at this time what part Arnold Schwarzenegger will have in the film, though he has said in past interviews he will be back for the film.

Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with the studio with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.

Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are on as exec producers. Par will handle distribution.

After acquiring distribution rights in June and setting a June 26, 2015 release date, Par, Skydance and Annapurna have been hard at work to find the person to guide this latest installment.

The studio had targeted Ang Lee early on, but a deal could never be reached. Other early targets included Rian Johnson and "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve. In the end, Taylor won the job in helping reboot the iconic sci-fi franchise.

While Taylor's biggest credit to date is his work on the HBO series "Game of Thrones," early word on how well the "Thor" shoot went most certainly helped in getting Taylor this gig. He is repped by UTA.


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