James Cameron is trying to develop a all new Terminator trilogy that will reinvent the whole franchise. In the minds of many moviegoers, that franchise has bascially two distinct periods. The first of the two Terminator films are near unanimously praised as the best sci-fi/action classics. With T2 often singled out as one of the greatest sequels of all time.
Cameron, who will now again regain the Terminator’s rights himself in 2019. Recently announced that plans for a whole new film was in the works and that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be involved. There is no official word about whether or not, Schwarzenegger will be a part for the entire new trilogy.
2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has its many fans. But no one actually really attempts to argue that it matches T2. And also most readily admit that 2009’s future-set Terminator: Salvation was really a disappointment. 2015’s Genisys then brought back an aging Arnold, and attempted to reboot the timeline. But it greatly underperformed at the domestic box office.
Thankfully, now franchise creator James Cameron has since stepped in to try and to save the world he had established. Via a new Terminator movie directed by Deadpool’s Tim Miller.
“The question is — has the franchise had run its course or can it be really freshened up? Can it still have that relevance now where so much of our world is now catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. We actually live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and also big data and emergent AI (artificial intelligence).
…I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is officially the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise. And also the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are now talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and then reinventing it.”
The Terminator: James Cameron Wants New Trilogy Of Films
Of course, what Cameron actually didn’t reveal above is that what exactly the first movie in this all new Terminator’s trilogy will be really about. It’s still unclear that just how much of the existing Terminator canon will really even be included in the new trilogy. Also unclear is that what level of involvement will Arnold Schwarzenegger have in the new trilogy. As while he recently confirmed his participation, but hasn’t been really specified whether he’ll play a lead role again.
As interesting as the real idea of a new Cameron trilogy is, one shouldn’t actually forget that this would be now the third straight attempt at launching such a trio of Terminator films. Salvation was actually intended to begin a all new trilogy of post-apocalyptic Terminator films. But those plans were then squashed by the failure of the Christian Bale-led installment. Genisys was also really supposed to begin a new trilogy, but everyone knows how that idea ended up. Still, if the last of few decades have made that one thing clear, it’s that one shouldn’t actually bet against James Cameron.