Even though James Cameron is currently pretty busy prepping his four Avatar sequels, the Oscar-winning director is still plotting to take over the world and make more Terminator films.
In a recent interview with news.com.au, Cameron explained he was in negotiations to spearhead a new “three-film arc” of the sci-fi movie franchise if the current movie rights can be resolved. The rights to the franchise have changed hands a few times over the years, but under U.S. copyright law some of them will revert back to Cameron in 2019.
The Titanic director also said Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved “to some extent” in the new trilogy, but the plan would be to introduce new characters in a passing-of-the-baton situation. So … no more Sarah and John Connor? But can the franchise be revived in the first place? Here’s what Cameron said:
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” says Cameron. “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.”
While the first and second Terminator films are considered to be some of the best sci-fi movies ever made, the same can’t be said for the three sequels, with the most recent one, Terminator Genisys, bombing at the box office despite Ahnold's return. Cameron returning to the franchise would certainly be the, er, breath of fresh air the franchise needs. What do you think?