After years of fans wailing for an addition to the Terminator franchise that remotely lives up to the original 1984 classic or its phenomenal 1991 sequel, the wait is finally over. The battle between robots and Skynet is set to return home.
The Rights Are Set To Return To James Cameron In 2019
Deadline is reporting that the rights to The Terminator franchise are set to revert back to original director, James Cameron in two years, 35 years following the release of the original. Cameron will be involved in a “godfather” capacity while David Ellison, whose company Skydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, is also in the mix. Ellison retains certain rights to the brand as well and is planning on hiring to top shelf science fiction authors to figure out the next creative steps.
Tim Miller Of ‘Deadpool’ Fame Tapped To Direct
The 2016 R-rated hit, Deadpool was a surprise to all in terms of how successful the film performed in theatres, grossing over $760 million on a $58 million budget. Miller directed the Ryan Reynolds comic-book comedy and is in early talks to direct a reboot to the newly (and hopefully) invigorated franchise. Miller managed to pull off a terrific job directing Deadpool so seeing him channel his talents on a Terminator property with the help of James Cameron is just too good to be true… Please don’t be too good to be true!
The History Behind The Rights
It is pretty interesting reading about the rights debacle that has been taking place with The Terminator for the past couple decades. The ongoing saga goes all the way back to the early 1980s when James Cameron, who only had Piranha 2 under his professional belt at the time, “sold rights to his scripted project (The Terminator) for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the stipulation he could not be fired as director.” This is arguably one of the greatest financial decisions ever made by a movie producer ever.
The ultimate result from this decision was the 1984 iconic sci-fi flick that introduced us to Linda Hamilton‘s Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s multitude of catchphrases. Cameron returned to both write and direct the 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a sequel that many believe actually tops the original! It really was that great.
Following T2, Cameron stayed away from the property after producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna beat him to the punch by purchasing the rights from Carlco‘s bankruptcy. They thought he would still participate after they bought it but Cameron probably said something like “fuck that, guys.” He did not participate in the subsequent three films (Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Terminator Salvation and Genisys) or the short-lived TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles that starred Game Of Thrones‘ Lena Headey. The rights “ended up with Pacificor, which paid $29.5 million, and Megan Ellison bought them after that company floundered.” The exception to Cameron staying away was 2015’s less than stellar, Terminator Genisys wherein he reportedly stated that the film “reinvigorated and created a renaissance for the franchise.”
Source: Deadline, The Playlist.
Hype Levels: Real
Regardless what occurs in the next few years, my hype levels are on another level for this reboot and I can only hope this good faith continues and doesn’t suffer one of those Hollywood-fucks-another-good-thing-up conundrum many potential films endure. Check back in with me in 2019.