The Terminator franchise was once a mighty and proud film property, but over the years has been reduced to little more than a shell of it's future self. After the success of the acclaimed film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, James Cameron left the directors chair, and no one has been able to fill it since.
With sub-par sequels such as Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys, it seemed like the franchise was on it's last leg. In the franchise's darkest hour, it seems there is some hope, and it comes at the hands of its creator, James Cameron - long live the creator!
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The Creator Returns
James Cameron created the Terminator IP (with Gale Anne Herd), and directed the first two films in the saga. He is undoubtedly one of the most successful directors working today. So, you can imagine the fan reaction when Deadline reported that #JamesCameron is preparing a "reboot" of the franchise, after the he regains the rights in 2019.The report claims that Cameron is in talks with Deadpool director Tim Miller, to helm this new iteration of the franchise, that will act as the conclusion of this epic tale.
This is awesome on so many levels. First of which, is the fact that James Cameron will be behind the scenes guiding the film in the right direction. Secondly, Tim Miller is a great director, and we saw in Deadpool that he really knows how to tell an entertaining story. Last of which, is the idea that this film will serve as a conclusion to the first two films, that never really got the finale they deserved.
James Cameron is a very busy man, and is currently working on a plethora of sequels to his 2009 record breaking hit Avatar. It makes sense that James Cameron would hand the reigns over to a new director while he is working on other films, and the fact that he sees something in Tim Miller, says a lot about the love that he has for the franchise he created.
The New Kid On The Block
Every nerd worth their salt knows who #TimMiller is. He is the man who brought Deadpool to life (with Ryan Reynolds), and for that he has earned a permanent place on the comic book movie "wall of fame". Miller has been in the news recently, because of his departure from the Deadpool sequel. Many fans were speculating that he would jump to another franchise down the road, and Terminator might be the perfect fit.
The financial success off Deadpool raised eyebrows all over Hollywood. Not just because it grossed $760 million, but because it was made on a $58 million budget. This not only makes Miller creative, but a very enticing prospect for film studios. This sort of low budget turnover is reminiscent of James Cameron's Terminator, that cost $6.4 million to produce, but made $78 million in 1984.
If the Deadline report is correct, this new Terminator film will be the conclusion of the first two films of the franchise. It makes sense that Cameron would want to bring it back to it's past glory. Terminator was one of James Cameron's very first directing credits, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day put him on the map.
Much like what we saw with the Jurassic Park franchise, sub-par sequels can damage the property, but the franchise can make a glorious come back if handled the right way. They need to put the Arnold Schwarzenegger story line to bed, and maybe down the road, put a fresh take on the Terminator lore. The constant rehashing of the Terminator origin story, along with the half-hearted appearances made by Schwarzenegger, really took it's toll on the fans.
At the end of the day, all fans really want is for the film to be good. James Cameron has shown through his body of work that he knows how to tell a story, and most of all, he makes quality films. The inclusion of Tim Miller is promising, and hopefully he can reinvigorate the franchise even if it's only to close the door on the first two films. We can't wait to see what happens with this new Terminator film, but so far everything we've heard sounds promising.
Are you excited for a James Cameron and Tim Miller Terminator?