1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day was undoubtably the high point in the franchise. James Cameron’s masterpiece combined ground breaking special effects with an excellent story, terrific action and memorable characters.
However, since it’s release over 25 years ago, each sequel has arguably gotten progressively worse, culminating in 2015’s Terminator: Genisys‘s half assed attempt at a reboot.
I mean, seriously, at that point the story would have been better if they had just sent the Terminator back to November 5th 1955 to assassinate Sarah Conner’s parents at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.
I did enjoy the television program The Sarah Conner Chronicles and didn’t mind Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (I would never confuse it with a good movie, but I thought is wasn’t bad either), but there is no doubt that the franchise has been in decline since T2.
Terminator 2 also happens to be the last film that writer, director, producer and amateur oceanographer James Cameron was involved with. But all of that will change in 2019 when the rights to the franchise revert back to Cameron.
Cameron, who will be tired up for the foreseeable future with however many dozens of new Avatar films he is planning, will be producing the 6th Terminator film and has confirmed that Deadpool director Tim Miller will be heading the new film.
Deadpool was Miller’s first director credit on a major motion picture and was an incredible success, both financially and among hardcore fans of the character. But a Terminator film will be a bit of a departure from the wise-cracking comic book anti-hero.
All we know for sure so far about the story is that it will explore the origin of returning star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character. Per Cameron:
There is no denying the quality of product that James Cameron brings to the screen, some of the highest grossing films of all time are his work. I am glad to see him taking over the franchise and look forward to the 6th film.
Side note: The original plan for the first Terminator movie was for Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the hero Kyle Reese and former NFL pro and current parolee (and un-convicted ex-spouse murderer) O.J. Simpson to play the Terminator. It is impossible to not be curious how different the franchise may have turned out if that plan for the first film had come to fruition.
What are your thoughts about the Terminator franchise? And how can the soundtrack possibly top Slash’s guitar rifts from the Guns ‘N’ Roses You Could Be Mine?