Back in the 80s, director James Cameron sold the rights to The Terminator franchise for the low, low price of one dollar. Yes, you read that correctly, $1. Included in the deal was an agreement that Cameron would be allowed to direct the film. Even with selling at the remarkably low price, this was the right move for Cameron as it was key to launching his career. News broke back in January of this year that certain rights to the Terminator franchise will revert back to Cameron in 2019. Cameron spoke with IGN about what brought back his interest in the franchise:
“When I became aware of the fact that I could back into a control position on the rights, then I started to ask myself artistically, ‘Is there anything there? Is there anything to be said that I haven’t already said, and that would even be relevant in the 2020s (when these hypothetical films would come out)?’ I thought, ‘Well, let’s look at that.’ I mean, a lot of the things that were science fiction in Terminator are now around us…and actual discussions on the ethics of having a robot have its own kill decision possibilities, things like that. It’s actually happening. So okay, maybe there is room for a film that examines these themes. It just has to be retooled for an audience’s expectations now.”
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Cameron has had a change of heart as he was quoted several years ago as saying he felt that the franchise had run its course. As we all know, things change over time, now the famed director looks to believe that there is something more to this story. Perhaps the thought of having control once again has Cameron thinking he can deliver another great film and bring the franchise back to its former glory. While the third film wasn’t bad, none of the films made after Terminator 2: Judgement Day have held up to the quality of their predecessors.
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