The Terminator franchise won’t stay dead. It can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, and disappointing reviews and box-office returns will only result in an attempt to find a new creative direction.
Deadline reports that the rights to the franchise will revert to its creator James Cameron in 2019, and the man who gave us the unstoppable killing machine/adorable bodyguard is already working on a new film that will put things right, in series terms. They describe it as “a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.”
He won’t be directing. Instead, he’ll be “godfathering,” and the report says that he’s got someone in mind to direct the new Terminator: Deadpool‘s Tim Miller. Miller’s at a bit of a loose end at the moment, having stepped away from Deadpool 2 after “creative differences,” and replaced by John Wick‘s David Leitch. He’s currently in talks, and nothing is confirmed.
The whole endeavour is being bankrolled by producer David Ellison, who also co-financed 2014’s Terminator: Genisys, which was supposed to be the first film in a new trilogy. Instead, the film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and Matt Smith, was a box-office disappointment in the US. It made a good chunk of cash internationally, however, which is why everyone is still so set on getting another Terminator going.
The description of Ellison’s intentions towards the new movie is packed full of glorious nonsense phrases like “exploratory effort” and “find the movie creatively.” Sorry, we’ll just give you the full quote:
“David Ellison, whose Skydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, is bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”
No one really knows anything about where the movie will come in the timeline, (Deadline seems to think it would either pick up from the end of T2 or be an entirely new thing), and there’s no mention of Arnold’s possible involvement, but this could potentially be a good thing. Surely if anyone’s going to get Terminator right, it’s James Cameron. Although he did say that he really liked Genisys, so who knows. As ever, more on this as we get it!
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