James Cameron reveals he is in negotiations to make new Terminator trilogy
James Cameron has confirmed he is negotiating to regain the rights to the Terminator franchise and is eyeing a new trilogy.
The director, who is currently hard at work on the four planned sequels to Avatar, will regain the rights to Terminator in 2019, but is already talking about the future of the franchise with the current rights holder.
Speaking to News.com.au, Cameron said: "The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? 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.”
Cameron made his directorial debut when he made 1984 original The Terminator, the story of a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, a woman whose son will one day become a saviour against machines in a post-apocalyptic future.
He returned to direct the sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but has not been involved in any of the subsequent movies, including 2015's Terminator: Genisys.
Cameron, along with producer David Ellison, will now go into script development with the idea that Miller will direct when the script is ready.
The director's work will next be seen in the first Avatar sequel, which will be released around in Christmas 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023.