It’s no secret that the Terminator franchise has seen better days. The most recent installment, 2015’s Terminator Genisys, was a critical flop and bombed at the American box office (the film fared significantly better overseas). Unsurprisingly, distributor Paramount is looking for ways to keep the franchise alive and successful and James Cameron may have the solution.
Cameron, who directed the first two Terminator films, recently spoke to News.com.au about where the current status of the franchise, stating that the question he’s faced with right now is: “has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?” He noted that one of the challenges is that modern technology is calling into question the series’ relevance, as we’re approaching the point where was seen as science-fiction in the ’80s and early ’90s is becoming a reality.
With that in mind, Cameron is toying with the idea of updating the franchise with a trio of new films. “i am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the U.S. market revert to me under U.S. copyright law in a year and a half, so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right no we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”
A sequel to Terminator Genisys was originally scheduled for release this past May, but Paramount removed the project from its release schedule in January of last year. Back in March, it was reported that the studio was planning to announce a Terminator reboot sometime this year
Interestingly, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed earlier this year that the next Terminator film “is moving forward” and that he “will be in the movie.” At the time, the actor said Cameron “has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise,” but it’s unclear if that plan has been scrapped or whether it’s part of Cameron’s vision for a new trilogy. To be fair, there have been conflicting reports.
If the Terminator series ends up being rebooted, would you want to see Schwarzenegger or any other stars from the earlier films return, or should Paramount just move forward with an all-new cast of characters and actors? Let us know in the comments!