James Cameron sold the rights to the Terminator franchise back in 1984, and he’s seemingly been biding his time ever since. After walking away from the franchise after the sequel, he endorsed 2015’s awful Terminator Genisys but has otherwise remained totally hands off.
Well, with Paramount Pictures’ plans to launch a new trilogy crashing and burning, Cameron is clearly looking ahead to when he regains those rights in 2019 as he’s come on board to relaunch the franchise. It’s currently unclear what that means as we don’t know whether it will be a sequel or complete reboot, but we do know that Cameron won’t be at the helm.
After all, he’s busy with Avatar (if those sequels ever actually happen), so it looks like he’ll be passing the reigns over to Tim Miller. The Deadpool helmer isn’t returning for the sequel, and while this new Terminator is likely still a good few years away, it could be next for him.
Skydance’s David Ellison is paying for what the trade calls “an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively,” so this new take is clearly being taken seriously! Good news for fans of the first two movies then, but not for those of you who actually enjoyed seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return!
Of course, it’s possible that he’ll, well, be back, but we’re just going to have to wait and see.