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Post by WyldeMan on 1/22/2017, 12:31 pm

He’ll be back! James Cameron, who regains certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019, is godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. Sources said that Cameron, whose copyright reversion happens 35 years after the release of the 1984 classic, is in early talks with Deadpool director and VFX wiz Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.

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. Ellison still holds many Terminator rights, after his 2013 acquisition from sister and Annapurna principal Megan Ellison. She bought them in 2011 at Cannes for $20 million.

This is the latest development in an ongoing saga. Indeed, The Terminator might have endured the craziest road of any billion-dollar movie franchise, going back to when Cameron — who only had Piranha 2 under his belt as director — sold rights to his scripted project for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the stipulation he could not be fired as director. The result was a 1984 sci-fi classic that launched his star and that of  Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron came back and topped himself to write and direct he blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but he washed his hands of the property after that. He mentioned to producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna his plans to buy the rights back from Carolco bankruptcy. They beat him to the punch, figuring he would still participate, but Cameron responded by walking away. He didn’t participate in the three films that followed, or the TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The rights ended up with Pacificor, which paid $29.5 million, and Megan Ellison bought them after that company floundered.

Cameron has had zero involvement since then, and has largely been silent. The exception was on the last picture, Terminator Genisys. Perhaps because his old buddy and True Lies star Schwarzenegger had returned as the title character, Cameron was generous in his assessment, reportedly saying that the Alan Taylor-directed film had reinvigorated and created a renaissance for the franchise.

Audiences disagreed and the franchise seemed out of gas when the $155 million film grossed $440 million worldwide, but didn’t do nearly well enough in the U.S. Perhaps Cameron was foreshadowing his own future return to the franchise. Much the way that Sony used to rush Spider-Man movies to stay ahead of a rights-reversion ticking clock, it was always known that Cameron would regain clout eventually. It didn’t seem that Skydance or Paramount had much interest continuing the creative track of the last film, but real creative involvement by Cameron, even if he doesn’t direct, changes the whole ballgame. One only has to look at Aliens, True Lies, Titanic or Avatar to see what he is capable of creatively when he puts his mind to something.

I don’t know anything more than I’ve disclosed here, including whether they reboot the whole thing or pick up from where Cameron left off after the second film. I’ve heard the hope is for Miller to direct whatever they come up with. Cameron is booked for four Avatar sequels, to shoot two at a time. No comment from any of the involved parties.
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Re: Terminator 6 (James Cameron Returns)

Post by WyldeMan Yesterday at 7:46 am

James Cameron Considering a New ‘Terminator’ Trilogy
The Terminator franchise has not been downright “good” since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but hopefully that’s about to change. In 2018, the rights to the Terminator franchise revert back to James Cameron, and the originator of the series has been working with current rights holder David Ellison to make plans to reinvigorate the series. Word leaked in January that Cameron was looking to oversee a new Terminator reboot, with Deadpool director Tim Miller eyed to take the helm, but nothing has been officially announced just yet.

However, in speaking with News.com.au (via CS), Cameron reveals that he’s envisioning not just one franchise reboot, but a new trilogy:

“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? 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.”

Of course, a new Terminator trilogy was also the plan when Terminator: Genisys was made, and that dreadful redo (really a cross between a straight remake and a reboot) performed poorly at the box office and was savaged by critics. Ellison’s Skydance Productions produced Genisys and had long, overarching plans for the franchise, so it’s heartening to hear that Ellison is still interested in getting Terminator right, and obviously bringing Cameron into the fold is a big win.

The rights don’t revert to Cameron until next year, so nothing official can happen until then and Cameron is plenty busy finally getting ready to start production on the first two Avatar sequels, but it’s certainly intriguing to hear that he seems invested in trying to bring Terminator back in a big way.
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Post by ForeverBlu Yesterday at 8:44 am

Both he and Ridley need to give their frachises a rest.
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Post by UltimateMarvel Yesterday at 10:20 am

A trilogy is all you needed to tell a good story. Everything after Terminator 2 was just bad. Reboot it, bring back Arnold because he's amazing in this role and cast Tom Hardy as John Connor. There is your start!

Isn't Cameron busy with making those terrible Avatar sequels? If he dropped those and focused on this, that would be great. He needs to finish what he started with this franchise. It's been too damn long.


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Re: Terminator 6 (James Cameron Returns)

Post by WyldeMan Yesterday at 10:40 am

@UltimateMarvel wrote:A trilogy is all you needed to tell a good story. Everything after Terminator 2 was just bad. Reboot it, bring back Arnold because he's amazing in this role and cast Tom Hardy and John Connor. There is your start!

Isn't Cameron busy with making those terrible Avatar sequels? If he dropped those and focused on this, that would be great. He needs to finish what he started with this franchise. It's been too damn long.

Cameron has spent the last 8 years making Avatar sequels that are still another 8 years away. At the pace he's heading, T6 might arrive in 2030.

I can name half a dozen franchises that have been mishandled that I would love to be given another shot but they're never gonna be done properly, so I give up.
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Post by Tyger Yesterday at 10:49 am

All we know that he's done in the last years is remaster and 3D convert Titanic and T2
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Post by WyldeMan Yesterday at 1:18 pm

@Tyger wrote:All we know that he's done in the last years is remaster and 3D convert Titanic and T2

Did Avatar fry his brain cause he stopped being an actual Director a long time ago. What happened to that guy?
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Post by Tyger Yesterday at 1:20 pm

He got a hard on for exploring the ocean for a long ass time
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Post by WyldeMan Yesterday at 1:27 pm

@Tyger wrote:He got a hard on for exploring the ocean for a long ass time

If Cameron wasn't still acting like a total cunt, I'd think he'd been body swapped prior to Avatar but nobody can fake being that much of a twat all of the time without legitimately being Cameron.
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