Cameron Talks “Terminator” Return Timing

As part of a new interview with Vanity Fair filmmaker James Cameron has spoken about the next chapter in the “Terminator” franchise, a new entry he’s very much involved in as producer and consultant. It marks his first time returning to the series in any serious capacity since “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”.

Asked about coming home to the franchise he created, he says the time is now right:

“I just feel like the world we live in now is going to be very much defined by our co-evolution with our technology. While technology and innovation have this vast promise for our survival, it’s also an enormous threat, especially when it comes to strong [artificial intelligence] being coupled with weaponised robotics, and that’s all coming. It’s just a question of who gets there first, it’s gonna be the next big arms race, it’s gonna be like the next race to get the bomb.

And when you couple that with the kind of wired world that we live in, where we’ve basically given away our privacy and every single person walking around that’s got a smartphone is essentially a belled cat — a walking sensor platform that can be monitored from afar — it’s like we’re really on the cusp of an Orwellian Armageddon of inconceivable proportions. Therefore, I thought, hey, let’s make a movie about that. So it’s going to be a very cheerful and upbeat kind of film.”

He’s also fairly upfront about the franchise’s possible future: “It’s the first of three, the story is mapped out over a three-film arc, but again, if we don’t make any money there isn’t gonna be a two and a three.”

The new “Terminator” is targeting a 2019 release.