Whereas James Cameron didn’t direct a film between Avatar and Avatar: The Approach of Water, he did produce and co-write just a few titles, together with the latest Terminator movie, Darkish Destiny. Regardless of Cameron’s involvement, in addition to roles for franchise stalwarts Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, the movie was not successful, which Cameron just lately attributed to creating “your granddad’s Terminator film” and having “myopia” about what that they had created and what at the moment’s moviegoing viewers would give it some thought.
However Terminator motion pictures have flopped earlier than, and so they simply preserve coming. (There are actually six Terminator motion pictures, in the event you misplaced depend.) And Cameron now says the franchise, very like Skynet, may rise but once more. In a latest look on the SmartLess podcast (by way of The Playlist), Cameron revealed that one more Terminator is “in dialogue.”
Right here was what he needed to say on that topic:
The Avatar movies are concerning the atmosphere; I’m not coping with AI … If I had been to do one other Terminator movie and perhaps attempt to to launch that franchise once more, which is in dialogue, however nothing has been determined. I’d make it rather more concerning the AI facet of it than unhealthy robots gone loopy.
As Cameron’s feedback recommend, he retains quite a lot of affection for The Terminator sequence. (As nicely he ought to; wouldn’t you have affection for it in the event you’d created one of the beloved sci-fi motion pictures in historical past?) The actual drawback with the franchise, moreover its ageing stars, is the truth that the horrible future that the heroes are attempting to cease was purported to have come to cross a long time in the past. The sequels have tried to get round that in just a few other ways; typically the characters declare whereas the apocalypse was delayed, it’s nonetheless coming. Within the case of Terminator: Salvation, they really made a post-apocalyptic film, with lower than stellar outcomes. It’s a bit like a later Friday the thirteenth film; certain, it may be enjoyable to look at Jason Voorhees run round slashing individuals, however are you scared of him by Jason X? Probably not. The stakes have form of diminished.
Cameron’s obtained the suitable thought, no less than, with making a brand new movie about AI quite than killer robots. The identical previous Terminator simply gained’t work anymore. Within the meantime, Cameron’s new film Avatar: The Approach of Water is taking part in in theaters. He’s nonetheless obtained three extra of those he desires to make, too, so who is aware of when he’d discover time to make a Terminator on high of that.
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