James Cameron Says He’s Definitely Ready to Make a New ‘Terminator’ Trilogy
He’ll be back.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is returning to theaters in August, but it might look like a different film. Director James Cameron is behind the reboot and it will be coming at you in crystal-clear 4K 3D. Cameron, however, isn’t stopping there.
News Corp. Australia reports that Cameron has indicated he’s negotiating “a new ‘three-film arc'” Terminator trilogy. If, that is, he can secure the rights to the franchise. Even better, Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly be involved in some way.
Speaking to the Aussie publication, Cameron said one big question is “has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?”
“Can it still have relevance now,” continued the director, “where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films.”
Cameron noted that we already live in a “world of predator drones and surveillance and big data” that might have seemed the stuff of science fiction when the first film debuted in 1984. He has a point—technology of the 21st century might have rendered mere malevolent robot assassins kind of quaint.
While Cameron is working on getting the rights from David Ellison, who currently owns the Terminator franchise, he still has plenty on his plate. He’s making sequels to Avatar, the first coming in 2020, and busy piloting subs to the bottom of the sea. You know, the usual.
While we’ll miss Ah-nuld’s signature voicings of the iconic killer machine’s catchphrases, if Cameron (and possibly Deadpool director Tim Miller) is behind a full-blown, three-part Terminator reboot, we know it won’t be done on the cheap.