One of the most interesting developments in the world of cinema lately has been the sale of the rights to the TERMINATOR film franchise. After the poor response TERMINATOR SALVATION received, it was felt that it was time to let someone else try to continue the story of John Connor and his freedom fighters in their fight against SkyNet and the Terminators.
The rights were auctioned off and a rather cruel bidding war was staged in which the ultimate winner was Pacifor, who was owed a ton of cash by Halcyon Productions (the franchise’s former home). Now, Pacifor is looking to sell the rights to one or two of the other bidders (Sony and Lionsgate). One interesting news is that William Wisher, who worked on the scripts for the first two Terminator movies (that is, the good ones), is currently working on the scripts for Terminator 5 and Terminator 6.
What’s interesting is that these new Terminator movie scripts are said to bring back Kyle Reece and Sarah Connor, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character briefly in one of the two films, and they’re set to wrap up the franchise entirely. To me, that’s exactly what the Terminator movie franchise needs to regain some ground and some respect from die-hard Terminator fans and moviegoers.
If a definitive ending was in sight, there would be interest in seeing how the characters get there and how the war with Skynet finally ends. Wisher’s scripts apparently mention ‘shapeshifting cyborgs’, and while initial reactions to the mention of shapeshifters have made a lot of people think of Transformers, I think the focus may be closer to the Terminator’s T-1000. 2: Judgment Day instead of the huge robots we saw in Terminator Salvation.
It was the low-key feel and tense atmosphere that made the original film so special, and then with that first classic sequel, it was the heightened action on top of the tension itself that helped provide the spark that an icon generated.
The other films have lacked the qualities of the first two, and a return to more dramatic storytelling and less CG-soaked set pieces would be very welcome. One way or another, there are weird things going on with the Terminator movie series, and watching the events surrounding the making of these new movies unfold can be just as interesting as the movies themselves. After all, they said they would return …