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After McG's 'Terminator: Salvation,' the sci-fi franchise found itself in a bit of a bind. The North American rights to 'The Terminator' were set to revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019. Eighteen months ago, producer Megan Ellison ('True Grit,' 'The Master') paid over $20 million for the rights to finish the story with the intent of getting a series of new films in development. At one point, Justin Lin was set to direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached to return to the franchise once again. Lin departed to focus on his 'Fast and the Furious' films, and the plan for the new Terminator movies seemed stalled. Now Megan has enlisted her brother David Ellison to be both her financial and creative partner, and to help get things back on track. David has been working with Skydance on projects like 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol,' 'Jack Reacher,' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness.'The Ellison siblings are starting from scratch, and are now looking for a writer to pen the script as well as a director. From reports, it seems Megan Ellison's original objective of three films has since been scaled back to the more realistic two.
So two questions arise from this news. First, will we indeed ever see these new Terminator movies? Sure, Megan has brought on her brother, and the Skydance name involved is a shot in the arm, but not only do the new Terminator films not have a writer or director, they also don't have a studio attached. How is that going to work for their distribution? With 2013 just a few weeks away, and given the extremely nascent stages in which this endeavor remains after eighteen months, is it reasonable to assume they can crank out two Terminator movies in six years? The other question we must pose ourselves is, do we really want to see any more movies in this franchise? I had incredibly high hopes for 'Terminator: Salvation' after seeing the trailer, which I still maintain is one of the best cut trailers in recent memory. However, as can often be the case, the trailer sold us a movie that the filmmakers couldn't deliver. I love the first two Terminators, because my eyes work, and I even liked 'Terminator 3,' but I think 'Salvation' has soured my ability to get excited for any further installments of the Skynet vs. human resistance saga.
What do you guys think? Does bringing Skydance into the equation instill any hope in you that we will see more Terminator movies? Do you really want to?