Arnold Schwarzenegger: Return to 'Terminator'?
"Terminator 3" may go into production as soon as Spring 2002
Hasta la vista, sacks of cash. At press time, several studios were vying for rights to Terminator 3, the follow-up to James Cameron’s 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (which grossed $517 million worldwide). The price: reportedly upwards of $165 million, including unspecified millions to pay off debts of defunct Terminator studio Carolco, $5 million for director Jonathan Mostow, and—get this—$30 million for Arnold Schwarzenegger. ”It’s an aberration,” says former Fox head Bill Mechanic of the projected cost of T3, which aims to start production next spring. But does the once-mighty T-man still warrant that kind of dough? ”Terminator is one of the great franchises,” Mechanic says, ”and I can’t imagine making it without Arnold.” Just wait until the Edward Furlong contract negotiations get going.