Rumor control: McG directing Terminator 5 and 6?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Everyone's posting today a story that McG is going to be making more Terminator movies, based on Gizmodo, which listened to the director's live commentary Saturday night on the new Terminator Salvation movie.

Here's why you should take these pronouncements with huge grains of salt.

♦McG's been saying he planned on making a fifth and sixth Terminator film ever since he got the gig to direct Salvation. Just because he says it doesn't mean it's happening.

♦Halcyon group, which owns the rights to the Terminator franchise and for whom McG made the movie, announced this month that it is auctioning off the rights to the franchise. Once those rights go to someone else, whatever was planned under Halcyon's regime likely goes right out the window and the new owners will start from scratch.

♦Even if the new owners go ahead with the envisioned fifth and sixth films that would complete a trilogy that started with Salvation, there's no guarantee that McG would be a part of it.

Terminator Salvation was no big blockbuster: With a budget of around $200 million (according to Box Office Mojo), the movie grossed $371,352,910 worldwide, which likely didn't completely cover the production costs, plus marketing and advertising. With only $125.3 million in domestic grosses, Terminator Salvation can be considered a disappointment financially.

Of course, we could be wrong and McG could already have a signed deal and a green light. We'd be happy to eat our words if that were so, as we actually liked his "director's cut" better than the theatrical version when we viewed it on Blu-ray the other night.

What do you think? Do you want to see McG continue his Terminator saga, or should they bring in fresh blood?

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