If James Cameron has his way, the Terminator franchise will have quite a few more films in it’s future. It was announced earlier this year that Cameron is already making plans for the franchise when the rights revert to him in 2019, and now he’s laying out some of those plans.
Speaking with News.com.au, the director mentioned that his plans would include creating a whole new trilogy of films that could speak more to finding the franchise’s place in a world that has changed greatly since his original film.
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” Cameron said. “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.”
Cameron began the franchise with 1984’s modest hit Terminator and followed it up in 1992 with the massive beloved hit Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In the interview he went on to mention that he does not like the sequels that followed which are 2003’s Terminator: Rise of the Machines, 2009’s Terminator: Salvation and 2015’s Terminator: Genisys.
While many might remember that Cameron seemed to support the previous films that were not his own at the time they were coming out, including recently with Genysys, there is a simple reason for that: friendship with Schwarzenegger.
“I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later,” Cameron said. “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 original reports in January about Cameron seeking to make more films stated that he was in talks with Deadpool director Tim Miller about helming the potential continuation or reboot, as the direction is unclear at this point. Reportedly Schwarzenegger will potentially play some part in the possible continuation of the series.
Currently Cameron’s attention is all on the four sequels to 2009’s Avatar, that won’t be coming out till the end of 2020 meaning it will have been eleven years since the first film was a box office hit and changed the graphics industry. Those films are slated to roll out between 2020 and around 2025 or so, but are being filmed back to back.
Any Terminator films likely won’t happen till 2020 or 2021 at the earliest, while Cameron waits to get the rights back.