Arnold Schwarzenegger Returns to ‘The Terminator’ Franchise!

What, you're surprised? He said he'd be back.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

What, you thought he'd stop at The Last Stand? Well, I guess that is what 'last stand' means, but come on… it's Arnold Schwarzenegger. The man's made a career of coming back. This time he's back on the Terminator franchise in a package deal currently being shopped to studios by CAA. The franchise is currently owned by the hedge fund Pacificor, which beat out both Sony and Lionsgate in a bidding battle in 2010. Deadline broke the news.

There's no screenwriter attached yet, but the next film in the popular series is set to be helmed by Justin Lin, who directed the last three Fast and the Furious movies. Lin's riding pretty high right now: Fast Five opens in America this Friday but it's already raking in the cash overseas. He's also a pretty decent director when given strong material to work with (Tokyo Drift was kinda good, at any rate), so really what this all boils down to is a strong concept and a solid screenwriter. Both of which are in short supply these days, unfortunately…

There's no price set for the package, but you can expect yet another bidding war for the rights to one of the biggest franchises in the industry, with one of the biggest movie stars in history attached to return to his most iconic roles. Whoever ends up with the prize has only seven years, however, before the rights to the series revert completely to James Cameron. So get a move on, Hollywood. He'll tack on some infantile message to the thing and set it all underwater for some reason.

Crave Online will be back with more Terminator news before you can say "Hasta la vista, baby"… 700 million times.