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The Terminator Will Be Back Thanks to James Cameron and Tim Miller

Illustration for article titled iThe Terminator/i Will Be Back Thanks to James Cameron and Tim Miller

It seemed like Terminator Genisys had killed the Terminator franchise once and for all, but a new hero is coming back: James Cameron. Cameron, who wrote and directed the first two films, regains the rights in 2019 and is reportedly working with Deadpool director Tim Miller on a brand new film.

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According to Deadline, Cameron is working with Miller, who would direct “a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” Current rights holder David Ellison—whose company co-financed Terminator Genisys—is involved in the process, “bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”

Cameron hasn’t been involved with the Terminator series since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The series has since included three additional films and The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV show, only a few of which Cameron has approved of. But, after the disappointment of Genisys, and the fact that the copyright reversion for the original property returns after 35 years, it seems like Cameron wants to put his baby to bed in some way. A way that he’d be a part of with Miller at the helm.

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At this point, there’s no telling if Cameron’s return to the material would be a direct sequel to Judgment Day, or explore another story within the Terminator universe. It seems like that’ll be up to the “top-flight science fiction authors” being hired to figure out a story. Either way, there’s no timeline on any of this, which is kind of perfect if you think about it.

Cameron is currently scheduled to direct four Avatar sequels with the first, hypothetically, hitting theaters next December.

[Deadline]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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DISCUSSION

Sigh.

Look, let this franchise go Hollywood. It’s done. It was a product of its time, of the fear of technology that was at its height in the late 80s/the early 90s. It also played on the apocalyptic mood that dominated American pop culture as the millenium was ending.

But now, these themes don’t work nearly as well. Everyone now has a powerful computer in their pockets. We use drones (ie: robots) all the time. Technology is no longer intimidating, no longer mysterious. And sure, apocalyptic fears might come back soon enough because of you-know-who, but it won’t be about AIs.

So let it go. If you really can’t comme with or adapt anything new, some 80s/90s franchises still work.

For example, I wasn’t a big fan of the remake of Robocop, but its themes are still relevant today. Jurassic Park still works, as we are making a lot of progress in bio-engineering. But Terminator is one that does not work anymore.