New Terminator screenwriters have worked on Avatar and... Drive Angry?S

There's actual forward motion on the new Terminator film, which Megan Ellison and her brother David have been trying to get off the ground for a while. According to Deadline, two new screenwriters have been hired to collaborate on the project... and they're kind of a weird pairing.

There's Laeta Kalogridis, a frequent collaborator with James Cameron who worked on Avatar as a producer and also co-wrote the Fantastic Voyage and Battle Angel films that Cameron has been associated with at various points. Kalogridis also was a writer on Shutter Island, Alexander, Night Watch and the Bionic Woman pilot.

Working with her on the script will be Patrick Lussier, the writer/director of Drive Angry and Dracula 2000. We loved Drive Angry for its completely over-the-top insanity and skull-beer-drinking, but it's hard to see how his sensibility will mesh with Kalogridis'. Lussier's main experience in Hollywood is actually as an editor, with tons of films under his belt.

So... if Kalogridis' character-based approach can combine with Lussier's apparent love of splatter and over-the-top set pieces, we could have something really special here. Update: It's been pointed out to me that this isn't the first time these two have worked together. Kalogridis and Lussier have another project set up at Ellison's Skydance Productions, and they're also working together on rebooting the Western TV show The Rifleman.

[Deadline via Screenrant]