Though James Cameron has gone on record saying he’s done making Terminator films, apparently the god of the franchise is mainly the reason that Arnold is back. The legendary action star and original terminator himself will be back in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis, as an older version of the iconic T-800. Cameron still being passionate about his creation, enough to sit and talk with producers on Terminator: Genesis, is beneficial for the franchise’s future. It’s well documented that Cameron is busy with the Avatar sequels, but he still has a vision for the possibilities of the Terminator character and wants to make sure the studio stays true to the character. That involves bringing Arnold back in his iconic role which I think is a great move.
First off, when James Cameron is sitting down to talk Terminator: Genesis with you and about seeing his vision of the character’s future, take notes. Terminator 2: Judgement Day, being the last film Cameron directed in the Terminator trilogy, is by far the best. When you want to reboot Terminator and make it into a franchise, fans will naturally reject the film and compare it to the originals. You need that familiar element that won’t make it feel entirely new. What’s more familiar in a Terminator film than having Arnold back? According to Cameron, Arnold is very much front and center in this new film. See his statements below.
Arnold at 66yrs old.
I pay attention to [the new Terminator films] but I’m not terribly concerned about it one way or the other. I’ve had to let it go. There was a point in time where I debated going after the rights. Carolco Pictures, the company that produced Terminator 2, was failing and in bankruptcy and the rights were in play. I talked briefly to 20th Century Fox about it. At a certain point, I think I was finishing Titanic at the time and I just felt as a filmmaker maybe I’ve gone beyond it. I really wasn’t that interested. I felt like I’d told the story I wanted to tell. I suppose I could have pursued it more aggressively and gone to the mat for it but I felt like I was laboring in someone else’s house in a sense because I had sold the rights very early on.
My goal in that was not to insinuate myself artistically but to try to make sure they stayed true to the Terminator character and the idea of Arnold being in it. Because he’s a friend of mine and we’ve been through all the wars together and everything. And I wanted them to see the possibilities I saw for what they could do with this character.
And then David Ellison took the project over from Megan and he and I met a couple times. And so Arnold is very much front and center in the new Terminator films. So I might have had some tiny effect on it — but obviously they had to make the right financial and creative decisions themselves so I’m not trying to take credit for the film that they’re making but that was my goal in being loosely attached to the film but I won’t have any credit on it.
In my eyes, the quality of the Terminator trilogy is like most trilogies these days. First one was great, the second was a masterpiece, while the third is just good. When you don’t have Arnold in a Terminator film or any clue as to what youre doing with a well known property, you get 2009’s Terminator Salvation. As a sequel/reboot Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), with young cast leads in Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney (see below), Terminator: Genesis is looking to be a great film that fans have been waiting for.
Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1, 2015
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