News about James Cameron coming back to the Terminator franchise is always a tricky one. People report any news that comes from it but keep in mind that we are still waiting for those ninety new Avatar sequels we have been promised for nearly 8 years now. Marvel has done a complete universe in the time it has taken him to make a single sequel to Avatar. So, take everything with a grain of salt.
While he is out promoting the re-release of T2 in 3D, he spoke with an Australian publication that has set the internet on fire. He is claiming to be in negotiations to oversee a new “three-film” arc of the franchise. Keep in mind, “oversee” does not mean he will either write or direct and with all those Avatar sequels we were promised when would he have the time?
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” Cameron told the publication. “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.”
Genisys was originally designed to be a soft reboot but that landed with a thud in theaters. A reboot of this franchise given the advancement of the technology is not totally out of the realm of possibility. Given the influence and backing of Cameron, it could give the first film of the new franchise a solid boost but it would have to be the strength of the new story that would keep people coming back.
However, with all the sequels and projects he wants to do, we will have to wait and see. Keep in mind that the rights revert back to Cameron in 2019 so I can imagine that it will be a while before we hear something. Much less see anything.