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Terminator To Stalk Albuquerque

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(Santa Fe, NM) -- The “Terminator” franchise is rising again, this time as a Fox TV series entitled “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” The pilot will be shot primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Series television production is especially beneficial to us,” said Governor Richardson. “It provides a stable production base and serves as an excellent platform for training New Mexico crew members and talent.”

The new installment in the Terminator franchise revolves around the characters of Sarah Connor and her teenage son, John. C2 Pictures senior vice president James Middleton, who is a producer on the project, says that the series will explore what happened to Sarah Connor after the end of “T2,” when the character went on the run.

“She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and also has to raise a teenage son who may be the salvation of humanity,” he said. Original “Terminator” stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be involved, said Middleton.

Preproduction will begin on November 27, 2006 and principal photography will commence on January 24, 2007. The producers expect to hire 50 to 100 New Mexico crew members and approximately 300 extras.

Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna’s C2 Pictures, which produced the most recent “Terminator” feature, will produce along with Warner Brothers TV. The show’s writer and executive producer, Josh Friedman, also wrote Steven Spielberg’s box office hit “The War of the Worlds.”

David Nutter is attached to direct the pilot. Nutter, whose last 12 pilots have all been picked up to series, directed the pilots for “Smallville,” “Without a Trace” and “Supernatural.” Veteran studio executive and television producer Charlie Goldstein will serve as line producer.