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James Cameron In Talks for New TERMINATOR Trilogy

James Cameron In Talks for New TERMINATOR Trilogy

Fans of the post-apocalyptic, technology anxiety series began in 1984, The Terminator, rejoice! Masterful and visionary director James Cameron has told News Corp. Australia that he’s interested in working on three more films about the world in which machines have taken over, and that he is in fact working on negotiating rights to the franchise so that he may do so.

The Oscar-winning director, who debuted the first movie to a cult following and the second, in 1991, to critical and fan acclaim, was not involved in the three subsequent offerings, which included  Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesSalvation, as the much maligned and commercial flop Genisys. 

Cameron never made much effort to hide that he did not like those films, but he did not exactly skewer them given that they all starred his buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Still, he’s been quoted as saying:

“I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later. I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold’s sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn’t work for me for various reasons.”

As for plans for a new set of sequels, he also has shared some of his creative vision, which includes some of the highest grossing films of all time Titanic and Avatar. 

Cameron said:

“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” he asked. “Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI (artificial intelligence).

“So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it. We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”

Among the many issues between these wishful statements and the films becoming a reality is the fact that different entities have held the rights to the movies since they began, but some rights at least will revert back to Cameron in 2019. Copyright is not the only hurdle of course, Cameron is a busy guy and he begins shooting the much-awaited Avatar 2.

I, for one, am a huge fan of all of his work and would love to see this come to late. I thought  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines had a good story to tell that could be a good setup for how the apocalypse went down. The franchise has gotten into most trouble when they try to tinker too much with timelines and time travel within a film, and have been most successful when choosing a time moment and sticking with it. If Cameron adds his unique vision and sensibilities to the projects again, I think he could revive them sort of how Spider-Man has been revived.

What do you think? Should he do this? Will you watch?


About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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