Rumor of the day: Original Terminator cast to return in new film

Remember last week's news that a pitch for a new Terminator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was making its way around Hollywood? Turns out that Arnie isn't the only cast member who might come back.

According to a rumor at Latino Review, the proposal circulating through studio offices—which is currently going under the name Terminator 2012—has attached to it not just Schwarzenegger in his signature role, but the "entire original cast" of the first Terminator film.

We put that in quotes because the report doesn't get any more specific than that, although the site claims it comes from a valid source. Does that mean just the main characters, like Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese? Or will Bill Paxton get a mohawk and reprise his role as the "punk leader"? No clue. We can probably assume, however, that anything involving the "original cast" would have to include Hamilton and Biehn.

Keep in mind that not a single actor has signed on the line that is dotted, and a screenplay doesn't even exist yet. A director (Justin Lin of Fast Five fame) is attached as well, but the movie doesn't become a reality until one of the studios taking a look at the property decides to write the check.

As for how Terminator 2012 would fit into the snarled continuity of the last two films in the series (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation), Latino Review offers a suggestion: Don't bother. Forget those movies ever existed and use the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day as your starting point again.

Would you like to see the original Terminator cast reunited? Do you think there's a way to make that work somehow, without rebooting the series completely?

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