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For fans, the once venerable series began its slow descent after the end credits of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) rolled on the big screen. Not only were the sequels subpar when compared to what is considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, but Terminator mastermind left the franchise after two movies.

The sequels left fans hoping that Cameron would grace the movies with his presence once more, since the new Terminator movies didn't feel right without him. Now, with the franchise's future hanging in the balance and in act that once seemed as feasible as the movie's war against the machines, Cameron announced his return to the franchise that made him the blockbuster legend he is today.

He Came Back

Deadline reported that Cameron successfully regained the rights to one of his most well-known creations, and he will be the official owner of The Terminator in 2019. Cameron won't be directing the sixth Terminator movie, and will instead only stick around as a producer for what is said to be the formal conclusion of the Terminator series.

The Terminator [Image: TriStar Pictures]
The Terminator [Image: TriStar Pictures]

Instead, directing duties may fall to , the director of 2016's superhero smash hit . Tim Miller may have left the Deadpool sequel due to creative differences, but one franchise's loss is another franchise's gain.

The director is in early talks for directing the unnamed sixth Terminator movie, but given his talent for directing R-Rated action movies as seen in his film about the Merc With A Mouth, Miller looks like a good choice for bringing the Terminator series back from the grave.

'Deadpool [Image: 20th Century Fox]
'Deadpool [Image: 20th Century Fox]

The negotiations between Cameron's and Miller's camps are currently ongoing, so there are no details about the project or the movie's planned story as of this writing.

Expect more details to pour in with each new Terminator update.

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Setting Right What Once Went Wrong

For those wondering why Cameron had to win a legal fight to own a story he created, here's a look back at the convoluted history of the rights to The Terminator.

When he was starting out with only the forgotten Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) to his name, Cameron sold the rights to the original Terminator film for a low price just to get the project off the ground. The end result was The Terminator (1984), a massive success which was followed by the aforementioned legendary sequel, Judgment Day.

'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' [Image: TriStar Pictures]
'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' [Image: TriStar Pictures]

Cameron later tried to buy the Terminator rights back from Carolco Pictures (the producers of ) after the studio filed for bankruptcy, but Carolco heads Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna beat him to it. The two, now legal owners of the Terminator properties, were hoping to strike a deal with the director by using the rights as leverage.

Instead, Cameron just walked away and moved on to other projects such as Titanic (1997) and later on, Avatar (2009).

On the set of 'Avatar' [Image: 20th Century Fox]
On the set of 'Avatar' [Image: 20th Century Fox]

Kasaar and Vajna helped produced the passable Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines (2003), but ended up selling the rights to The Halcyon Company, the producers of the all-but ignored Terminator: Salvation (2009), after the third entry didn't meet expectations. When Salvation failed as well, the Terminator rights were then passed on to the hedge-fund Pacificor, not another film studio.

The last move resulted in the much-abhorred Terminator: Genisys (2015), which is blamed for killing the Terminator franchise prior to Cameron's return. The combined poor reception and low box office returns of put any plans for future Terminator movies on hold, forcing the producers to reevaluate their plans for a planned Terminator universe that Genisys would have ideally heralded.

'Terminator: Genisys' [Image: Paramount Pictures]
'Terminator: Genisys' [Image: Paramount Pictures]

David Ellison of Media, a studio that helped finance Genisys, then decided to bankroll what Deadline described as an "exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively" to give the Terminator movies a proper revival. These new efforts now include Cameron, in his first direct involvement with the new Terminator films outside of his promotional ad for Genisys.

Check out Cameron giving his blessing to Genisys below. Given Genisys' overall quality, it's been jokingly suggested by fans that Cameron did the interview (seen below) while being held at gunpoint.

Cameron's return to the war against the machines is a good sign for the aged series, since this will give the Terminator movies the chance to get back on the right track after way too many misfires. This news bears similarities to horror auteur returning to the movies he created. Carpenter was directly involved with only three of the ten Halloween movies before leaving.

After waiting for what seemed like a lifetime, fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger's killer robot from the future will finally get to see the franchise return to its glory days while at the same time, getting a proper sense of closure for a story that was wayward for too long.

What do you think of James Cameron's return to the Terminator movies?

Cameron reunites with his killer robot
Cameron reunites with his killer robot

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