Earlier this year, James Cameron announced that he was putting together a new Terminator movie with Deadpool director Tim Miller. However, those tentative plans have developed somewhat as Cameron has revealed that the story has evolved into a potential trilogy.
"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."
Cameron's comments sounded eerily similar to his praise and highly publicised endorsement of Terminator Genisys back in 2015. At the time, Cameron claimed that he felt "like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance." He even gave the marketing team of Genisys another poster worthy quote with ?If you like the Terminator films, you?re gonna love this movie.? Two years on a Cameron makes his position on all three subsequent sequels clear.
"I think it?s fairly widely known that I don?t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later. I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold?s (Schwarzenegger) 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."
I won't sit here and defend Genisys, even the spelling is perplexing, but it's the best Terminator sequel since T2. I know that's not saying much, and by all accounts, it's a terrible film, yet somehow Genisys manages to be more entertaining than the messy Rise of the Machines or the po-faced Salvation.
Cameron also pointed out that as humanity continues to make technological advancements, the concept of Artifical Intelligence bringing about our downfall has become even more relevant.
"So what happens next, and how can he find his happy place again? "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."
News of Cameron expanding the new Terminator shouldn't come as a complete surprise, he was originally planning two more Avatar sequel, but after years of development those two movies increased to four. 20th Century Fox recently set release dates for all four sequels with the first one hitting cinemas December 2020.
I had quietly written off The Terminator franchise after the glorified campaign promo for Arnie's budding political career otherwise known as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Salvation didn't improve matters despite having some fantastic ideas, so by the time Genysis rolled off the production line I was ready for it to stop. The involvement of Cameron does hold potential, and Miller's work on Deadpool was highly impressive.
Even with the dream team of Cameron and Miller, I'm still cautious that The Terminator franchise can produce a better sequel than T2. More on this as it comes in.