James Cameron wants new ‘Terminator’ trilogy cause he loves giving us movies we don’t want

james cameron new terminator trilogy

How can you make me groan more than the proposed fifteen or whatever the fuck Avatar movies? Tell me that Jimmy Cameron is attempting to resurrect the Terminator franchise, again, with a fucking trilogy.


Because James Cameron, who created the sci-fi series and directed the original two movies, believes in no fate but the one you make. Now, he’s talking with the studio that nearly soured the legacy of the classic sci-fi franchise with the critically panned Terminator Genysis to shepherd the next chapter of the series.

Cameron wants to “reinvent” the sci-fi series that began with 1984’s The Terminator with a new trilogy, he told News.com.au. And he’s already in discussions with Skydance Media’s David Ellison to reaquire the film rights to the Terminator franchise:

“I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half, so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”

Ellison’s Skydance Media oversaw 2015’s Terminator Genysis, which was meant to reboot and launch a new series of films in the Terminator franchise, complete with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular Terminator, but was stopped short after the movie was blasted by critics and bombed at the box office.

This was the second attempt to bring back the Terminator series after Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington was released in 2009 and also failed to launch a franchise of its own.

Cameron has been openly critical of the sequels made after he left the franchise following Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which included Rise Of the Machines (2003), Salvation, and Genisys, telling News.com.au, “I think it’s fairly widely known that I don’t have a lot of respect for the films that were made later,” though he supported Schwarzenegger because of their friendship.