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The sci-fi series has long been foundering, but the return of the original film’s director to the fold could offer the chance of a creative hard reset
There are parallels between the Terminator saga’s distressing downward spiral into creative redundancy and its own essential mythology. For over time, these movies have lost their humanity: James Cameron’s rich and vivid early visions of ordinary blue-collar Californians battling to avert the machine apocalypse have been replaced by storytelling so plain and by-the-numbers that one imagines everything from 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines onwards might have been produced by Skynet’s own screenwriting department.
Insipid 2009 effort Terminator Salvation was even financed by an investment advisory firm known as Pacificor, a moniker with so little sense of humanity about it that it’s hard not to visualise its corporate emblem as a single, demonic neon-red robot eye, Hollywood’s »
- Ben Child
With certain rights to the iconic Terminator franchise reverting back to Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day creator/director James Cameron in 2019, the filmmaker is prepping his return to the series. Cameron is planning to 'Godfather' a 'reboot and conclusion' of the first two movies, with Deadpool director Tim Miller in early talks to direct. David Ellison, who bought the franchise rights from his sister Megan Ellison in 2013, is funding an "exploratory effort" that brings some of the top sci-fi authors together to "find the movie creatively."
Deadline broke the news, but even the site concedes that it's unclear what direction the story will go in. After directing 1984's The Terminator and its blockbuster 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day, James Cameron backed away from the franchise, and he wasn't involved in 2003's Terminator 3: Rise Against the Machines, the 2008 TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2009's Terminator Salvation or last year's Terminator Genisys. »
Mike Cecchini Jan 23, 2017
Well, this is unexpected news. Despite its early start with two of the finest action/sci-fi movies of their era, The Terminator franchise has floundered badly in recent years, after the underwhelming Terminator: Salvation and the confusing, rightly-maligned Terminator: Genisys. It was starting to look like the venerable franchise had finally run its course. Terminator: Genisys was supposed to be the start of a brand new trilogy, but a critical savaging and underwhelming box office performance appeared to dunk those franchise hopes in a vat of molten steel.
3 items from 2017
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