Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"Terminator" Re-Tooled for "Sarah Connor Chronicles"

Warner Bros. TV has signed David Nutter to direct the pilot for The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a potential TV series spin-off adapting the Terminator movies.

The prolific Nutter, whose last 12 pilots have all been picked up to series, will serve as executive producer of the Sarah Connor series.

Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar's C2 Pictures, will co-produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.

Last fall Fox made a 'put pilot commitment' towards the concept, acquiring a script from executive producer Josh "War of the Worlds" Friedman.

Filming is expected to start next year in New Mexico, a fave tax-credit location currently hosting director Michael Bay's Paramount/DreamWorks' feature Transformers: Prime Directive.

Nutter previously directed pilots for Smallville, Without a Trace, Supernatural and James Cameron's Dark Angel.

"It's important for me to live up, as best I can, to the bar that Jim Cameron set," Nutter said regarding the Terminator.

"This is a huge project that's going to take an extensive amount of preparation and pre-production."

In the series, Sarah's son 'John Connor' will explore what happened to his mother after the end of T2.

"She has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and she also has to raise a 14-year-old son who may be the salvation of the world."