Gale Anne Hurd: Come with me if you want to live, Terminator franchise

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The years haven't been kind to the Terminator franchise, after that whole Terminator Salvation debacle. Fortunately for Skynet fans, Gale Anne Hurd, the executive producer and a cowriter of The Terminator, recently expressed interest in reviving the franchise.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hurd, who's presently an executive producer on The Walking Dead, gave this loaded statement in response to the death of the Terminator franchise:

"It's very sad," says Hurd of the franchise's recent history. "You feel like you gave birth to something and it's been adopted and those adoptions haven't worked out. Of course I'd be interested in doing another one. I'd love it."

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Of course, she's talking about Terminator Salvation and its financial troubles, which crushed the production company Halcyon (thus requiring them to cede the Terminator rights to Pacificor). But perhaps Hurd too is frustrated with the crap storylines Hollywood has foisted upon our beloved Terminators. It's time to give this movie back to the ones that helped make it great. Sure, the Terminator franchise might still need a little breathing room, but we'd be overjoyed to have someone who was there from the beginning (and clearly understands good entertainment) working to bring Skynet back online.

[Photo via Terminator Film]

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Corpore Metal

Personally, I think the first two movies told the stories that we want to hear and there really wasn't much else to say with the Terminator concept and that's why the franchise failed.

Seriously, what's left? Just show the war between Conner and machines? But there is no drama in that, we know how it's going to end.

T2, opened things up by showing that it was possible to change the past (Unlike Terminator which was all ontological paradoxes and closed time-like curves.) and that could have gone in new directions. Once you open up time travel that allows changes to the past, there really is no limit but, sadly, the movies that followed just kept obsessing over trying to change the one event. They could gone a lot further than that and that's one reason why I think they failed.

Sarah Conner Chronicles did try to expand things and move beyond the concepts and assumptions of the first two movies and that's why it occasionally succeeded I think.