Justin Lin won't likely serve behind the lens for "Terminator 5" due to scheduling conflicts. Deadline reported that the "Fast Five" director exited the project because he still has to complete the untitled Fast and Furious 6 for Universal Pictures in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Though so, Lin reportedly is still interested in taking on the directorial duty for "Terminator 5". Words are, he might be back to do the action movie if only leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger and rights owner Megan Ellison could wait until he finishes the sixth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise.
Ellison's Annapurna Pictures has spent over $20 million to acquire the rights to the "Terminator" franchise during the Cannes Film Festival this year. Nonetheless, it is still unclear where exactly the "Terminator 5" stands and when it will start the production.
Ellison hasn't even hired a screenwriter to pen the script. Besides, no studios have sealed a deal to distribute the project. If the project doesn't start shooting by 2018, the rights will revert to James Cameron, who directed and wrote 1984's "The Terminator".