There may be a new Terminator trilogy in the works from director James Cameron
Director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) is looking at creating a new Terminator trilogy, according to an interview with News.com.au, in which he speaks about the film franchise’s relevance in a world where technology is catching up to the sci-fi films of the past. However, there seem to be plans in the works.
“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” Cameron says. “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, who will regain the Terminator rights himself in 2019, previously announced that plans for a new film was in the works and that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be involved. There is no word about whether or Schwarzenegger will be a part of the entire new Terminator trilogy.
The filmmaker originally sold the rights to the original film for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the agreement that he would be allowed to direct The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first film earned $78.4 million worldwide and was topped by Cameron’s highly-acclaimed sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which grossed $519.8 million worldwide. Cameron stepped away from the franchise after that film, though three more were made, with the most recent one, Terminator Genisys, having earned $440.6 million globally (though only $89.8 million of that was domestic) on a $155 million budget.
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