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Sony Enters Bidding War for ‘Terminator’ Franchise

Can anyone revive the Terminator franchise? Step one would be to remove McG from the equation, while also turning it back into a “chase film” as originally intended. But beyond that, it would take a madman like James Cameron to find a truly futuristic and invigorating way to revive the franchise. While Warner Bros. is no longer involved, buzz hit the web that Lionsgate might score the rights — which to me would mean a $12-20m Terminator film (no thanks). Thankfully, Sony has joined the bidding war (which I would find hilarious as Legion was a failed rip-off). Read on for the skinny.
From Variety:

Sony’s joined Lionsgate in the bidding on the rights to the “Terminator” franchise.

The studio had no comment but a source close to the bidding confirmed that Sony submitted a bid Thursday, the final day for submitting offers.

Lionsgate stepped up last month as the first bidder for the rights to the “Terminator” franchise with a “stalking horse” or floor bid of $15 million and a 5% cut of future gross receipts.

Halcyon Group put the franchise up for sale in September-. The auction for the “Terminator” assets — which include the rights to future “Terminator” pics, TV series, DVDs and merchandise — will be held Monday at the offices of FTI Consulting in Los Angeles, followed by a bankruptcy court hearing two days later.

If Lionsgate doesn’t win the auction, it will receive $750,000 as a breakup fee from the winning bidder.

“Terminator Salvation,” the fourth film in the franchise, was produced by Halcyon with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking international. It carried a production pricetag of about $200 million and took in $371 million worldwide.

Halcyon paid Mario Kassar $30 million for the “Terminator” rights in 2007, then filed for Chapter 11 as a result of a dispute with hedge fund Pacificor, which financed the purchase. At that point, Halcyon toppers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek told the bankruptcy court that they valued the “Terminator” franchise above $70 million.