Filmmaker James Cameron has long moved on from his “Terminator” films and is now immersed in the world of “Avatar” with all his efforts currently focused on that film’s numerous sequels set on the world of Pandora.
That doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the loop though regarding the upcoming “Terminator: Genisys”. Attending a special 30th anniversary screening of “The Terminator” in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Cameron was asked by Empire what he thought about next year’s “Terminator” title, he says:
“I’m friendly with the filmmakers, the writer Laeta Kalogridis has worked with me on projects. I’m hoping it’s great. I’d like them to get it right, and based on the script that I read there’s a pretty good chance that it could. It looks like it could be fun.”
Is he worried the film might damage his legacy?
“It’s not my problem! It’s like being a grandparent, the kids come over and you can send them back! When I walked away from the franchise, I had to do it with the sense that I can invest in emotion. To me, it’s all upside, because if it’s good, it’s good for Arnold (Schwarzenegger), my friend Laeta and if it’s not good? It doesn’t bother me personally.”
The rights to the franchise revert to Cameron in 2019 which is why the proposed new trilogy of films is being pumped out quick. When the rights do revert, Cameron says he has no real plans to re-visit that world:
“I haven’t really thought that far ahead yet. I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. It might be fun to completely re-invent the franchise. A lot has to do with what happens with it in the meantime, people may have Terminator fatigue.”
As for those “Avatar” sequels, Cameron says he’s in the design phase right now and is completing the drafts for three scripts.