Monday Movie Report: Schwarzenegger Joins New ‘Terminator,’ Produced By James Cameron

It appears Arnold Schwarzenegger will once again reprise one of his most iconic roles.

According to IndieWire, the well-known action star is attached to star in a new “Terminator.” In doing so, Schwarzenegger will reunite with James Cameron, who’s producing the new untitled picture.

Cameron, who’s most recently been working on sequels to “Avatar,” directed, wrote and produced the 1991 “Terminator” entry, “Judgement Day.” This means it’s also Cameron’s first venture back into the series since the 1991 picture.

After the 91 movie, the “Terminator” saga continued with sequels in 2003, 2009 and 2015 as well as a TV series from 2008-2009. The series’ latest cinematic outing was rough, though, with 75% of critics giving it negative scores on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest box office numbers from any of the sequels.

Schwarzenegger made the announcement about his work on the new “Terminator” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, reported IndieWire. The actor is at the fest to present the documentary “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” which he narrates.

In other casting news, Tom Holland, who’s set to star as the webslinging hero in July’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” has just been picked up for another franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland will star in Sony Pictures adaption of the video game series “Uncharted.”

THR reports that the movie, directed by Shawn Levy, will serve as a prequel to the game series that has released four main titles and numerous side quests. The film will be written by Joe Carnahan, whose work includes the 2011 film “The Grey” as well as episodes from television shows such as “State of Affairs” and “The Blacklist.”

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Outside of casting developments, the biggest news from Hollywood this weekend was the close box office race between new release “Alien Covenant” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had been out for two weeks. In the end, it was the former edging out “Guardians 2” by a $1.5 million. While it won the top spot, though, “Covenant’s” $36 million debut still came in behind its 2012 predecessor “Prometheus,” which earned $51,050,101 in the first weekend.

The full top five this weekend was:
1. Alien Covenant – $36,160,621
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $34,653,754
3. Everything, Everything – $11,727,390
4. Snatched – $7,832,517
5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $7,152,269

Opening this weekend, meanwhile, is the fifth installment in the adventure series “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” as well as the TV show adaptation “Baywatch.”

For the smaller screen, home video release options include:

  • Logan, ATMR Rating: 4.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92
  • Get Out, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
  • The Great Wall, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35%
  • Rock Dog, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39%