James Cameron regains control of the rights to “The Terminator” franchise in 2019 and apparently he’s already lining up what he intends to do with it.
Deadline reports that Cameron is godfathering a new iteration of the film, one that will effectively serve as a conclusion to the franchise – closing out the battle between humans and Skynet.
On top of that Cameron, who is busy with the “Avatar” franchise until well into next decade, is said to be in early talks with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller to direct the project.
David Ellison, whose Skydance Productions co-financed “Terminator Genisys,” is reportedly financing an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively. Ellison still retains many rights to the property.
Cameron has effectively had zero involvement in the property since the first two films, beyond a short endorsement of the critically panned “Terminator Genisys” which grossed $440 million worldwide and fizzled States-side.
The franchise seems out of gas at present but serious creative involvement from Cameron, even without directing, changes everything.