October 10, 2007 11:00 AM

“I’ll be back” was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deadpan-cyborg catch phrase in the original Terminator movies.

But will the Governator be back for the new set of Terminator films, now in development at Warner Bros.?

“We’ve left it open for him to maybe do a cameo,” executive producer Moritz Borman tells Variety. “He has an important job [as governor of California], as we know, and the final decision will be based on his desire and availability, along with what the director wants.”

The new movie, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, is set to begin production next year for a summer-2009 release. It’s expected to be the first film in a new trilogy for the revived franchise.

The first three Terminator films were set in the present day. The new one will be set in the future, in “a full-scale war between Skynet and humankind,” according to producer Derek Anderson.

Said Borman: “The third film was really the conclusion of what happened in the ‘now.’ You will find the most-loved characters, but the intention here is to present a fresh new world.”

No further word on casting. Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton starred in the first two Terminator movies. Nick Stahl and Claire Danes anchored Terminator 3.

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