The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day are arguably two of the greatest action movies to ever be created. A concept that was years before its time, James Cameron developed action sequences that would be a blueprint for films to follow, as well as horror elements that original sci-fi films of the today dream of. Now since then, the franchise has very much been in a flux, but that may all change very soon.
Although Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was received above average, it’s still considered an average film at best. Then there are the two that follow, that really aren’t worth mentioning because they may be wiped away from our memory here in the near future. It’s well known by much of the Hollywood community that James Cameron will regain the rights to his Terminator franchise in 2019, 35 years after the release of the original film. And according to Deadline, when the rights do revert back to him, Cameron plans on rebooting the franchise, and already has a director in mind to helm it: Deadpool‘s Tim Miller.
Before the release of Terminator: Genisys, Skydance and Paramount had plans for two more films, but following the more than mediocre response to the Alan Taylor reboot/sequel, those plans were scrapped. And with the rights returning to Cameron here very shortly, it’s a very smart move for the studios to wait it out and let the creator do what he wants with it. Even if he doesn’t direct, in the hands of Cameron changes the game completely. You only have to look at such things as Aliens and Avatar to see what kind of creative juices flow when he’s all in on something.
The report also doesn’t clarify whether or not the “reboot” will be a complete reboot of the first film or a reboot that’s a continuation of his second film. But what the property being such a big name, I’d expect to hear much more on this news pretty soon. What do you think? Do you want to see these movies back in the hands of Cameron or a continuation of Genisys? What about Tim Miller directing? Can this franchise get back on track?