James Cameron Wants A New Terminator Trilogy

James Cameron who will soon begin filming the first of four sequels to his highly successful Avatar movie wants to reinvent the Terminator franchise with a new trilogy.

The first two Terminator movies are unanimous sci-fi classics, with Terminator 2 considered one of if not one of the greatest movie sequels in the history of Hollywood. Since 1991’s Terminator 2 we’ve been given Terminator 3 in 2003, it didn’t come close to what T2 gave us, but defiantly the better of the movies since T2.

In 2009 we got Terminator: Salvation that jumped a number of years forward, but was disappointing to many. Then in an attempt to reboot/reset the timeline we got 2015’s Terminator: Genisys that saw Arnold Schwarzenegger return in an older Terminator role, unfortunately it under-performed in theaters.

If you’re a fan of the franchise and you still have high hopes of seeing another Terminator movie that will leave you wanting more, then you might get your wish. According to an interview on an Australian news website Cameron revealed he’s looking to bring a new Terminator trilogy to theaters that will be a three-film arc reinventing the franchise.

James Cameron had this to say…
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? 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.

I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later,” Cameron says. “I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold’s sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn’t work for me for various reasons.”

The U.S. rights to the Terminator franchise revert back to Cameron in 2019 and until then nothing can move forward on Cameron’s vision for the franchise he started.

In the meantime you can check out a restored and remasterd Terminator 2 back in theaters on August 25.

Reggie’s Take

The idea of a new Terminator trilogy that reinvents the franchise sounds like a fun and exciting idea as a Terminator fan, but at the same time I have my reservations.

With four Avatar sequels all having release dates in December of 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025 Cameron will no doubt be staying extremely busy. This makes me believe that Cameron would not be directing any of these new Terminator movies and that would be my first concern with this news.

With trying to film four more Avatar movies it won’t leave Cameron a lot of time to be as hands on as I would like to see him be and if that’s the case he would be leaving it the hands of other people and lets face it the last couple have not been as successful as we would of liked.

Personally I would feel more confident if he had also said he was going to direct the first movie in the trilogy it would allow him to set the tone.

I want to get excited with the entire idea and be extremely hyped over the news Cameron has a new Terminator trilogy idea, but at the same time his schedule dampers my enthusiasm.


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