After the studio decided to walk away from any potential sequel for Terminator: Genisys following a poor reaction from critics and fans, it appeared as though Arnold Schwarzenegger's time as The Terminator was done. Hearing through the grapevine that James Cameron would comeback to oversee production of a new arc, the former Governor of California believes he has what it takes to be a success again with the ailing franchise.
Paramount had earlier slated for a Terminator: Genisys 2 and 3 to open for 2017 and 2018 respectively. At least, until those plans were scrapped. Speaking with Fandango, the 69-year old was adamant that he will have involvement with the original director as he takes control of a series that fell away with the 2003 installment Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Schwarzenegger: Call Me James!
The news that Paramount pulled the plug on the franchise came as little surprise as audience members were clearly growing tired of the same routine. But from Schwarzenegger's perspective, there are plenty more fish in the sea.
"I'm looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes," he began. "I don't want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things, I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn't want to pick up The Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it, that doesn't mean The Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can't give you the details of that. They'll announce that. But, yes, The Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!"
Cameron Already Planning Reboot With Miller
As we reported earlier this year, Cameron has identified Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller as his man to reinvent the franchise from the ground up. How the Avatar director decides to integrate a potential Schwarzenegger return will be interesting. As Cameron remained bullish to the press that a new narrative could easily be integrated for a modern audience.
"I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven't won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely."
Having been the face of the same character throughout the slide of The Terminator's fortunes, the likelihood will be that the Austrian won't be required back on set from Cameron or Miller.