The other week came word that “The Terminator” franchise still has some life in it as James Cameron is reportedly planning one for when the rights revert back to him in 2019. He would not only produce the project but have serious creative involvement in it, with “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller doing the directing.
Speaking with The Daily Beast this week, the master helmer says even though the franchise track record since he left hasn’t been very stellar, he says the core idea is still ripe for more mining:
“Its really just stumbled along, trying to find its voice again. There’s probably some degree to where it’s lost relevance, you know? Maybe the things that made it good back then are kind of a yawn now. It’s easy to remember fondly the things that kick off a franchise. It’s hard to keep a franchise vigorous, and relevant.
I haven’t had my hand on the tiller since ‘Terminator 2,’ and that was 1991. So what’s that? Twenty-six years? But look, I think it’s possible to tell a great ‘Terminator’ story now, and it’s relevant.
We live in a digital age, and ‘Terminator’ ultimately, if you can slow it down, is about our relationship with our own technology, and how our technology can reflect back to us – and in the movie, literally, in a human form that is a nemesis and a threat.
But also in those movies, in the two that I did, it’s about how we dehumanize ourselves. In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if ‘Terminator’ was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven’t won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant ‘Terminator’ film now? Absolutely.”
Three “Terminator” films were made outside of Cameron’s control, with all three being critical disappointments and with mixed financial success. No word on when this new version, even if green lit, will go into production.