While gearing up to direct four more Avatar movies, James Cameron will also be returning to the franchise that made him and Arnold Schwarzenegger Hollywood superstars. Deadline reports that Cameron will develop a new Terminator movie alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller and David Ellison of Skydance films when Cameron regains partial rights to the franchise in 2019. Cameron is reportedly “godfathering” the new film.
The site reports that David Ellison is “bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively. Ellison still holds many Terminator rights, after his 2013 acquisition from sister and Annapurna principal Megan Ellison. She bought them in 2011 at Cannes for $20 million.”
Cameron originally sold the rights to the original film to producer Gale Ann Hurd (Punisher: War Zone, The Walking Dead) under the stipulation that he couldn’t be fired as a director. He later returned to write and direct the incredibly successful Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a movie still considered among many as one of the best action and science fiction films ever produced. Although Cameron decided to step away from the franchise to pursue other interests, 20th century fox decided to continue the series – developing three awful sequels and a short lived tv series without any of the creators input.
The new film may serve as either a reboot or a continuation of the franchise. The lackluster response to each of the films since Cameron left the franchise provides the perfect opening to ignore the events of those movies and continue from where Terminator 2 left off, similar to plans for the now delayed Alien 5 from Neill Blomkamp.