Next on Fox: Terminator: The Series!

by | November 10, 2005 | Comments

Variety reports that not only will a fourth "Terminator" movie become a reality some time relatively soon, but also that the Fox network is where you’ll eventually be able to find "The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

"Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar‘s C2 Pictures, which produced the most recent "Terminator" feature, has pacted with Warner Bros. TV and scribe Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds") for the tentatively titled "The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Skein* will focus on robo-warrior Sarah Connor and her savior son John Connor.

Friedman is aboard to pen the pilot and serve as exec producer – showrunner of the series, which will take place in the fictional time frame between the second and third "Terminator" features.

In addition, Vajna confirmed that C2 is in "the final phases of development" of a fourth "Terminator" pic and that the series will have a link to what’s being envisioned as a new feature trilogy.

Friedman said his "challenge is trying to figure out how to reinterpret (Connor) for television."

Because the "Terminator" franchise involves time travel and alternate futures, Friedman believe he’ll be able to take a few plot liberties in the series — emphasis on "few."

"The last thing I want to do is take a title and exploit it," Friedman said. "The show needs to stand on its own while still being respectful of the franchise."

Unlike the features, "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" will not be non-stop shoot-’em-up or chase scenes, in large part because of the reduced budgets of television.

"There’s going to be a healthy dose of both (action and family drama)," Friedman said, noting that the "Terminator" mythology "has a lot of big ideas in it that don’t cost you a dime to explore.""

Incidentally, Josh Friedman actually blogs quite humorously. So click here if you want to see how dazzling the life of a screenwriter can be.

*Because "skein" is easier to type than is "show."

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