Cameron is in early talks to act as a “Godfather” on the latest entry in the long-running Terminator franchise, serving as an adviser and mentor for Deadpool director Tim Miller.
The Titanic and Avatar director has apparently been talking with Miller about how best they might utilize those new IP freedoms; producer David Ellison, whose Skydance Media co-financed 2015’s financially unsuccessful and luke-warm acceptable Genisys, is also apparently involved in the talks.
Creating some of science fiction’s best-known films – Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Avatar – James Cameron is a giant of the industry and genre (whether you like it or not). Regardless of what you think of him, he is a filmmaker that understands genre, and involves revolutionary technology to make sure many of his films are firing on multiple cylinders. He definitely makes movies for the big screen.
Cameron, who despite his current focus on the Avatar sequels, has been consulting with other filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez on Alita: Battle Angel, and the new AMC miniseries on the history of sci-fi. The current plan for this new Terminator film backed by Genisys financier David Ellison is to have respected sci-fi authors spitball new ideas for the film. Exactly which sci-fi authors they’re talking about still isn’t known, but Cameron certainly knows his science fiction history and literature.
Several filmmakers have returned the franchises that made them household names. George Lucas often-criticized Star Wars prequels might be the most famous, but recently Ridley Scott returned to the world of Alien with the 2012 Prometheus, which has gone on to be a very divisive movie. His return with Alien: Covenant could turn the tides if the first trailer is any inkling.
Back in 1984, Cameron sold the rights to the original Terminator film to producer Gale Ann Hurd for $1, with the agreement that Cameron could stay on to direct. The first film earned $78.4 million worldwide and was topped by Cameron’s highly-acclaimed sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which grossed $519.8 million worldwide. Cameron stepped away from the franchise after that film, though three more were made, with the most recent one, Terminator Genisys, having earned $440.6 million globally (just $89.8 million of that was domestic) on a $155 million budget.
This isn’t the only Terminator news as the newly restored, 3D version of James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this year as part of the Berlinale Classics lineup.
The 3D conversion of Cameron’s 1991 action blockbuster was carried out by the director’s Lightstorm Entertainment shingle together with DMG Entertainment and distributor StudioCanal, which will handle the re-release of the film. The move follows the successful 3D restoration and re-release of Cameron’s Titanic in 2012, which grossed an additional $200 million in its 3D version.
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