Bale nails 'Terminator' sequel

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Christian Bale is in negotiations to star in "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins," the fourth installment of the hit science fiction series. McG is in negotiations to direct the movie, which is being made by the Halcyon Co. and will be distributed by Warner Bros.

The series, which originated from filmmaker James Cameron and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, centered on a robot from the future where machines wage war against humanity, whose goal was to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the future leader of the human resistance. As the movies progressed, the son, played by Edward Furlong in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and Nick Stahl in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," took a more prominent role.

"T4's" story, by David Campbell Wilson, John Brancato and Michael Ferris, focuses on John Connor (Bale), now in his 30s, as he leads what is left of the human race against the machines.

The role of Marcus, a Terminator robot model that predates the robot killer originally played by Schwarzenegger, has yet to be cast.

Halcyon's Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson are producing with Moritz Borman.

Bale, repped by Endeavor, is currently filming Warner's "Batman Begins" sequel, "The Dark Knight." McG, repped by Endeavor and Management 360, directed the football drama "We Are Marshall" for Warners and the "Charlie's Angels" movies for Columbia.
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