With the rights to the “Terminator” franchise reverting back to James Cameron soon, the filmmaker isn’t lying around and is already making preparations to properly resuscitate the franchise. Cameron will produce and Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) will direct the next entry in the series which is being setup at Skydance Productions.
Speaking with The Arnold Fans (via JoBlo) this week, Cameron was asked if he ever considered having Arnold Schwarzenegger play a human character in any of his movies to show where the model of the T-800 got its inspiration. He offered a lengthy response:
“Yeah, you got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold? There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype.
There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from – that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point.
Now, the question is, did that person have some sort of meaning to Skynet on WHY they chose that one? Or was it like a whole rack of Terminators and the one that happened to be the Arnold model just happened to be closest to the door going out to the time displacement center and all the others looked different?
I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved…so stay tuned! We’re talking pretty seriously now about doing some new Terminator films or possibly a trilogy and you’ll just have to see what surfaces in those.”
That sounds like an obvious way to get Schwarzenegger back into the action and explain away the age difference. Previously a cut scene from the Cameron-less third film in the series offered the joke that Arnie was a decorated U.S. soldier with an atrocious Southern accent that was dubbed over.
The new “Terminator” has yet to set production or release dates as yet.