James Cameron Returns to 'Terminator' Alongside the 'Deadpool' Director

Friday, 20 January 2017 - 10:07PM
Terminator: Genisys
Friday, 20 January 2017 - 10:07PM
James Cameron Returns to 'Terminator' Alongside the 'Deadpool' Director
There's no shortage of "I'll be back" jokes we could make here, but we'll spare you: director James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise which he created, after not having touched it since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

It doesn't sound like he'll be directing it himself, but Deadline reports that he will be 'godfathering' a possibly final Terminator movie. Cameron won't regain the rights to The Terminator until 2019, so it's unlikely to come out before then. He gave up the rights shortly after T2, and it's been a long string of copyright transfers since then.

As to the film's director, Cameron is reportedly in talks with Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool. So there's no telling what kind of movie this could be; we know Miller can do absurd, R-rated action action scenes, but Terminator tends to take itself a bit more seriously than Deadpool did. And since the original films' star Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the series in Terminator: Genisys, there's a good chance he'd return alongside his old colleague Cameron.

The path of the Terminator franchise has been... rough, to phrase it lightly. While the first two movies, both written and directed by Cameron, were major hits, the following three movies each bombed in turn, concluding with the 2015 Terminator: Genisys that killed any plans for a sequel. There was also a show, The Sarah Connor Chronicles (starring Game of Thrones' Lena Headey), which did alright, partly because it ignored everything after T2.

In the meantime, Cameron's working on a documentary about the history of science fiction, along with several Avatar sequels, the earliest of which will perhaps come out on December 21, 2018.

Image: Terminator: Genisys, Paramount Pictures
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