A New 'Terminator' Trilogy May Be On the Way, Says James Cameron

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 11:04AM
Terminator: Genisys
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 11:04AM
A New 'Terminator' Trilogy May Be On the Way, Says James Cameron
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Clearly James Cameron likes to keep busy—that's the only explanation for his plans to supplement his ongoing work with numerous Avatar sequels by making a new trilogy of Terminator movies in the near future. Speaking to News.co.au, Cameron gave confirmation of his plans to set to work on a new trilogy starring everyone's favorite time traveling murderbots just as soon as he's managed to regain the copyright to the franchise:

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"The question is - has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? 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."
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Cameron is certainly correct in believing that the Terminator franchise needs a bit of "freshening up" before anyone will be happy to sit through three more movies set within this universe. The saga has been on a long decline ever since Cameron's T2: Judgement Day, with the most recent movie, Terminator Genisys, attempting a soft reboot that became so convoluted that it essentially halted all progress on future movies. In spite of this, Cameron has been unwavering of his support of the franchise as a whole, and seems to be keen on doing whatever is necessary to bring the Terminator back to the big leagues of popular culture.



What form this "freshened" trilogy will take is anybody's guess— franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger seems undecided as to how large a role he'll play, and with Cameron himself busy with all those trips to the CGI world of Pandora over the next few years, it's expected that he'll take on more of an advisory role rather than wading into the thick of things and directing the new trilogy himself. Perhaps, though, that's the best way to revitalize the franchise. A fresh start can do wonders for a movie series that's become wrapped up in a convoluted continuity, and from the looks of things, one of Ridley Scott's best decisions surrounding bringing back Blade Runner has been to hand the series off to Denis Villeneuve (although Scott can't really take credit for that specific decision).

The challenge, then, is finding the right director to bring the Terminator back to life. If the succession of recent movies in the franchise is any indication, this series can't simply be handed off to any creator—finding the correct voice for this will take some earnest seeking. It's been previously reported that Cameron's been working with Deadpool director Tim Miller, but as we're still a few years away from seeing this film in development, anything could change in the intervening time.
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