James Cameron Talks TERMINATOR And It’s Future
James Cameron became famous for his second film, 1984’s The Terminator. After that his biggest hit was the sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Since then he’s managed to be among 2 of the top 5 highest grossing movies of all time with Titanic and Avatar, with more Avatars on the way.
But what about Terminator? Will we see him take the reins back on the franchise and characters he created over 30 years ago? James Cameron spoke a bit with The Daily Beast about the Terminator franchise and whether or not it’s been hijacked in a way that future sequels won’t be any good:
It hasn’t been hijacked. It’s really just stumbled along, trying to find its voice again. There’s probably some degree to where it’s lost relevance, you know? Maybe the things that made it good back then are kind of a yawn now. It’s easy to remember fondly the things that kick off a franchise. It’s hard to keep a franchise vigorous, and relevant. I haven’t had my hand on the tiller since Terminator 2, and that was 1991. So what’s that? Twenty-six years? But look, I think it’s possible to tell a great Terminator story now, and it’s relevant. We live in a digital age, and Terminator ultimately, if you can slow it down, is about our relationship with our own technology, and how our technology can reflect back to us—and in the movie, literally, in a human form that is a nemesis and a threat. But also in those movies, in the two that I did, it’s about how we dehumanize ourselves. In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven’t won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely.
We recently found out that following the box office flop that was 2015’s Terminator: Genisys ($89 million from a budget of $155 million), the rights to the franchise are expected to revert back to Cameron in 2019, which sounds like a long ways off, but really that’s just two years from now. And it sounds like he fully intends on doing something with those rights, since he will be “godfathering” the sixth Terminator movie, which we now know will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool).
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Source: The Daily Beast