The Terminator franchise went through quite a lot of strife since its initial success. The first two entries can be described as seminal and action-packed rogue-AI explorations into how robots will eventually end us all. However, since then, the franchise has taken a steep decline into cash-grabbing territory where most of what made the franchise initially wonderful was stripped away in favour of mindless blockbuster tat. So the future of the once iconic franchise has been up in the air and we’ve all been wondering if the Terminator will go through some kind of renaissance. According to original creator James Cameron, it just might.
The licence for the Terminator franchise has actually been juggled around by multiple parties, which is the explanation for why the series has gone into such a decline. James Cameron didn’t hold the licence, therefore he couldn’t continue with the follow ups. However, due to American law, Cameron will get the licence again in 2019 and he’s already making plans. Here’s what he had to say:
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.
Ambitious, for sure. Three movies and what is essentially a reboot. Additionally, Cameron has expressed that he might want to change the entire basis of the franchise since thanks to our modern technological advances and real-world progression of AI, there might be more interesting concepts to explore. Here is what he had to say:
The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films? We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI (artificial intelligence).
If you use some powers of extrapolation, you can wager a guess where Cameron is probably going to take the franchise. He’s going to reinvent it to fit into our modern technological landscape. However, he will possibly only be a producer for the movies since he has Avatar and its million sequels.
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