After the failure of reviving the Terminator franchise with ‘Terminator: Genisys’, it seems like the creator of it all wants to completely reboot it. James Cameron recently talked about how he wants do something new with the IP instead milking it with more sequels. This won’t be easy however, has he doesn’t have the rights to it just yet.
In an interview with News.com.au, Cameron revealed how he’s planning three new films once the film rights are back to him.
- “The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?, Can it still have new 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. So, I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise, and the rights in the U.S. market revert to me under U.S. 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.”
He mentions that he is working with producer David Ellsion(Terminator: Genisys) to get the rights back to him in around 2019. While stating that he’s leaning to the idea of a tree-film arc, he says that he will know for sure later on down the road. If anyone deserves another crack at the franchise, than I would say James Cameron no doubt. He directed the first two, which are pretty much the best ones and it’s not even close.
Whether or not he would be directing the new films isn’t certain but it was revealed a while back that ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller was working with Cameron for a new Terminator film. I would love to see what he could bring to the table especially Visual Effects wise.