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James Cameron Plans to “Reinvent” ‘Terminator’ With New Trilogy

James Cameron Plans to “Reinvent” ‘Terminator’ With New Trilogy

James Cameron is beholden to no one and doesn’t give a fuck, and that’s so punk rock I can’t help but be jealous of his position and power.

As all (should) know, Cameron not only directed Aliens but he also helmed The Terminator (1984) and its epic sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). While he came aboard the Alien franchise that was created by Ridley Scott and Dan O’Bannon, he created Terminator, which continued forth without him over the course of several sequels, a television series, and a ridiculously cool 4-D theme-park attraction (at Universal). While his attention is turned towards his Avatar sequels, Cameron is just a mere year and a half away from regaining the rights to the Terminator franchise. This means that he can do whatever the hell he wants with it and nobody can stand in his way. In fact, he’s already talked about a planned revival with plans on having Deadpool‘s Tim Miller directing. What he didn’t tell us is that his plans are to “reinvent” the franchise in a new trilogy.

In a new interview with, Cameron reveals the genesis of the new Terminator concept and how that return might span three films.

“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?,” says Cameron, out promoting the 3D release of T2. “Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI (artificial intelligence).

“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.

“We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”

But here’s the kicker, Cameron reveals that he doesn’t like any of the Terminator sequels and was giving his endorsement as a friendly gesture to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later,” Cameron says. “I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold’s sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn’t work for me for various reasons.”

We learned a lot in this interview. The big reveal is that Cameron plans to work with the current rights holder on reinventing the franchise with commentary on modern technology. He doesn’t like any of the sequels beyond T2, which means this will be a fresh start. Lastly, he’s so loyal to Arnold that he’d lie about liking a film to millions of people to support him. The bond is clearly so strong we could see Arnold returning in some capacity.

Look for an alleged major announcement later this summer, although I think the plans are as clear as day.

The Terminator will be back, and surely the title will be Terminator.



  • The_Gentleman

    I love Cameron. LOVE him. He’s a genius. And I liked Avatar for what it was. But the fact that he has and is wasting years on Avatar sequels that nobody really wants frustrates me to no end. I like the idea of him reinventing the Terminator franchise. That sounds good. More Avatar? No. Or how something original? I know he has other things he’s involved in but one one films a decade isn’t enough for me especially when the next 3 are going to be sequels I don’t care about really.

    • ReaperMike83

      I’m actually surprised Avatar sequels still have traction after close to 10 years of no forward movement and the clear, love it or hate it, division among people that watched Avatar. I like the idea of Cameron going back to the Terminator franchise because he not only has an eye for visuals he does know how to tell a great story on screen and one of the main things they did in the later sequels was add more goofy comedy where Cameron’s Terminator films had real gritty sense of reality and peril (for a sci-fi action film). I’ve also been told that Cameron has spent a lot of time on set getting shots and helping direct certain scenes and really collaborating with Robert Rodriguez on his new directed film Alita: Battle Angel (produced and written by Cameron as well) So I’m very interested to see what a Robert Rodriguez/James Cameron movie will be like.

  • venerablemonster

    “James Cameron is beholden to no one and doesn’t give a fuck, and that’s so punk rock I can’t help but be jealous of his position and power.”

    Nothing says punk rock like dragging up a success from decades ago to unnecessarily milk it for more cash.

    • MeeGhoulz

      Well, the Sex Pistols did tried a comeback…

  • Hank_Scorpio

    I think this is a big mistake. It’s obvious Cameron has run out of ideas. Avatar was a steaming pile of cinematic excrement that ripped off a half dozen movies. The script was lame, the acting was wooden. Without the eye-popping 3D IMAX it would’ve been a laughing stock.

    The fact that he wants to “reinvent” Terminator screams that he’s got nothing in the creativity tank. With all due respect to The_Gentleman below, Cameron is over rated and should be stopped from further tarnishing the Terminator….

    • John Connor

      He’s likely just a consultant/producer.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Let’s hope he doesn’t Lucas-Scott this.

    • Grimphantom

      With his obsession over Avatar sequels that have been on the works for YEARS……yeah, he will go Lucas-Scott with this.

  • pablitonizer

    Terminator should have been stopped long ago, continue the franchise through spin-offs, without touching the Terminator brand. Now it’s too late, T1 & 2 are excellent classics but the sequels messed up all the achivements, even the last one Geneshit proved people is no longer interested in Terminator due to the piles of shit we’ve seen the last 14 years. Mr Cameron, first stop lying when reviewing a film, second stop crafting a neverending Avatar franchise and third develop new ideas, your fans will be forever grateful!

    • Bill Agans

      The avatar movies r new ideas. He’s even workin’ on new technology for them.

  • Meatwad

    Note to self (clicks on tape recorder)… never believe any future film endorsements from James Cameron because he is a liar… (turns off tape recorder.)

  • zombie84_41

    if hes on board it will be good he wont fuck it up or we hope

    • MeeGhoulz

      If he goes the George Miller route…

      • zombie84_41

        Yeah right then it be awesome. Here’s hoping he does. It needs a nice good hard R reboot no lame PG-13 shit. That last one was beyond terrible.

  • James B.

    I think Google and Amazon are slowly becoming real life skynets, so maybe he can touch upon that. Or, how social media sites like Youtube are our doom. I dunno, maybe broadcast footage or news clips during the Skynet invasion through Youtube or Facebook. Let a witness record the violence through streaming it to Youtube or Snapchat or Skype.

  • Bart Crowe

    Now if only he would drop this Avatar crap.

  • dukeblues

    Cameron and Bay make overdone movies. Not a fan

    • James Allard

      Cameron’s are… better, but not by a lot.

  • Matt Miller

    Come on. I’m getting sick of all this reboot shit. Everything has to be a franchise now, it’s depressing.

  • Creepshow

    James, your nose is growing AND your pants are on fire.

  • Brian McNatt

    With the same kind of success as Ridley Scott returning to the Alien series, I’m sure.

    • Seriously, cant we just stop all this rebooting, remaking nonsense? Just make something new and fresh or dont make it at all. The old films need to be left alone.

      • Brian McNatt

        It’d be one thing if they brought in completely new and unexpected filmmakers, so that the unwanted reboots might at least be weird and different. But no, let’s bring in the people who originally gave us this stuff, only now really old and part of the System.

  • Fracassi

    I am so confused by this. Well, mostly because I thought David Ellison was the bass player for Megadeth. (Eliefson – stupid stupid). Unfortunately that didn’t alleviate all the confusion. Hey, doesn’t Cameron still have like 30 Avatar movies on the backburner?” What is going on here? Still confused.

    • Necro

      You and I both! Oh and don’t feel bad when I first read that line I thought it said David Ellifson to! I’m a big ‘Megadeth’ fan, well pretty much all their earlier stuff anyway.

    • SpaceManSpliffz .

      why is it bassists never get the proper love, other than flea or maybe les claypool?

      • MODOK

        And Paul McCartney. And, uh…

      • Fracassi

        LOL – If the bass player from Megadeth did have control or the Terminator franchise, that would still be pretty cool. As far as Flea goes, I loved him in Suburbia and the Back To The Future movies!

      • A Good Man and Thorough

        Lemmy fucking Kilmister you plebs

        • Saturn

          Yeah, and let’s not forget Araya.
          And of course the late, great Cliff.

    • Vohtrake

      So funny! I do that too for years now and then forget and go through it all over again! I used to assume he did this on the side hahaha

  • Necro

    He actually admitted lying to millions of people (assuming some of them were fans of his as well) just to support Arnold?! I respect that, but I’m sure Arnold really didn’t give a fuck cuz he was getting paid regardless. Anything new or fresh there Cameron? I’m thinking no, ‘Avatar’ sequels that are going to suck even more shit than the first pile of shit film, then a whole new ‘Terminator’ trilogy (if everything goes as planned). I like ‘T1 & T2’ but the rest can lick shit, well part 3 is ok. So reinventing the franchise you made successful in the first place, especially when ‘T1 & T2’ are liked the best period and those are both your films! I’m lost on this idea.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    just let it go man, let it die

  • sliceanddice

    but what about Avatar 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 and 11?

  • Natebest

    Let Neil bloomklamp make a 30 million dollar sci fi horror action film.

  • Jada Maes

    … you’ve got a thing for strong men, huh dude? You’ve described both Todd McFarlane and Cameron in some vaguely homoromantic terms.

  • Werewolf

    This time it’s going to be a North Korean cyborg fused with an Atari 2600 and a hydrogen bomb.

  • Yeah. Sure. Avatarminator.

    • Saturn

      Sounds like some kind of female fronted power metal band.

  • j johns

    Terminator was good. 2 was what he does with sequels, rehash. He is VERY overrated and should really just continue to go on his deep sea excursions and shut the fuck up. Roger Corman called, he wants his overrated idiot back. PUNK ROCK THAT

    • Andy Neal

      * tumble weed slowly rolls past with sound of a light breeze brushing across the path *

  • Agent HUNK

    lets not forget how long it took to make terminator 2……. lets not forget avatar 2 isnt even a thing yet theres a whole damn disney park …cameron better get cracking before Disney has him imprisoned and were all too old and cameron is long dead himself!

  • John Connor

    If its still under David Ellison, why not continue the Genisys plan?
    Something that pisses fans off is abandoning storylines to start ANOTHER trilogy.
    This will be the fourth time we get “the first of a new Terminator trilogy.”
    They’ve abandoned the two planned sequels to Rise Of The Machines, Salvation, Genisys, and even the two planned sequel seasons (3&4) of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    STOP IT!!!!

    • Evan3

      I guess it would piss off fans to keep abandoning storylines… if there were any fans of Rise, Salvation or Genisys.

  • Phil Wyatt

    Am all for this… Terminator 3 was pretty bad but the ending was decent. Salvations trailer had me hyped but the film disappointed me to say the least.. and Genesys less said the better. Bring back Cameron.

  • I’m here for this. When it comes to Terminator, James is the ONLY one who can both save the franchise and reinvent it. Slay me.

  • Saltoner

    so we’ll see it never. how about he try to finish 1 movie at a time before announcing all these pie in the sky ideas.

  • bigval

    Can’t wait to see Terminator 2 3D next month, T2 on the big screen!

  • Evan3

    Yep. He’ll get to it right after he’s done making Avatar 20.

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