Director says he's considering a relaunch of the science fiction franchise
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1991, ©TriStar Pictures/courtesy Everett Collecti
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James Cameron has revealed that he is considering relaunching the Terminator franchise and, according to, the director may do so with a “three-film arc.” Cameron directed and cowrote both 1984’s original Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

“The question is — has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?” said the filmmaker. “Can it still have new relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films? We live in a world of predator drones, and surveillance, and big data, and emergent AI. So, I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise, and the rights in the U.S. market revert to me under U.S. copyright law in a year-and-a-half, so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it. We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”

Cameron also said that franchise veteran Arnold Schwarzenegger would be involved in the trilogy “to some extent” but that the plan would be to “pass the baton” to new characters.

A new, 3-D version of Terminator 2 is being released in theaters next month.