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James Cameron Admits He Pretty Much Hates Those Other Terminator Movies

James Cameron Admits He Pretty Much Hates Those Other Terminator Movies image
Man, this was a busy week for Ask Me Anything conversations. Hollywood iconHarrison Ford opened up for a (somewhat) candid conversation that we playfully broke down here on CinemaBlend. And legendary blockbuster director James Cameron also took to Reddit to discuss his various projects, past and present.

You can skim through the complete conversation here. Cameron weighs in on the threeAvatar movies he’s in the process of making (simultaneously, basically). He discussesTitanic and Prometheus. But his comments about the Terminator franchise really caught our eye. Obviously, Cameron launched the Terminator series with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 1984. Thirty years ago. Let that soak in. The duo made a sequel, but Cameron moved on, even as Hollywood continued to explore his world in assorted sequels. And it turns out, Cameron didn’t care much for what directors like Jonathan Mostow and the auteur McG came up with. When asked about the Terminatorfranchise, Cameron candidly stated:

Well, I have to be objective, or as objective as possible about that. I’m not big fans of the films, I think that the big ideas of the first movies – I didn’t make the second film until I had an idea as big as the first film, and it had to do with the moral complexity of the story, and asking the audience by the end of the film to cry for a Terminator. I don’t think that the 3rd or 4th film lived up to that potential. Sarah Connor Chronicles, I never really watched much of it, so I never gave it a chance… to get hooked, like you have to with a TV series.”

Which is interesting. Because Cameron’s not opposed to a sequel, by any stretch. I mean the dude is cranking out multiple Avatar films. His comments about waiting until you have a “big” idea are encouraging. He must have massive ideas for Pandora if he’s going back to that well for three additional dips.

Cameron does acknowledge the fifth Terminator movie, Terminator: Genesis, that is in the works, and says:

I’m hopeful that the new films, which are being made right now as a reboot, but still involving Arnold, will be good. From what I’ve seen from afar, it looks like they will be quite good.”

He must have participation points. Don’t bad mouth potential profits! When it comes to working with his Terminator again, however, Cameron throws cold water on the Avatarrumors stating, “As of right now, [Arnold] and I have not discussed it, and I don’t see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not.”

You know what would be magical? If Cameron could direct Arnold in one moreTerminator movie. To bring the series to proper closure. The word on these newTerminator movies is that it’s setting up a fresh trilogy. Can they get Cameron out of Pandora long enough to possibly helm a future (and final) Terminator movie? We can always hope.

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Terminator: Genesis Has Started Production

Terminator: Genesis Has Started Production image
It all starts here. We have been waiting four years since the last installment of theTerminator franchise, and while the anticipated sequel won’t be out until next year, today the project made a very important step forward. Skydance Productions has reveled the slate you see above on their Facebook page, announcing that Alan Taylor’sTerminator: Genesis has officially entered production. The picture came along with a message reading:

In case you’re curious about why it says R.I.P. Sarah at the top of the slate, it’s part of a memoriam for Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a second camera assistant on the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider who died in a tragic incident on set. As a way of remembering her, filmmakers have posted pictures of production slates to the Slates For Sarah Facebook page.

Over the last few months the film has been collecting a cast of all stars who will be playing some very familiar characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, once again reprising his role as the titular robotic killing machine, and he will be joined by Emilia Ckarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor and Dayo Okeniji as Danny Dyson, the son of Cyberdyne engineer Miles Dyson fromT2: Judgement Day. Also joining the cast will be J.K. SimmonsByung-hun Lee, Sandrine Holt, and Michael Gladis.

What’s unfortunate is that we know very, very little about Terminator: Genesis‘ plot. The script was written by Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis, but the studios behind the film have yet to release an official plot synopsis. It was confirmed last summer that the movie is going to work as a reboot of sorts and that it is expected to be the first in a whole new trilogy. Schwarzenegger has said that production will be taking place over the course of four to four-and-a-half months, and that the crew will be shooting mostly in New Orleans. The director is best known for his work on HBO shows like Game of Thrones, and most recently did some work for Marvel Studios making Thor: The Dark World:

Following its long shoot, Terminator: Genesis will go into post-production aiming to have the finished product ready for the July 4th weekend next year. Are you amped? What are you hoping to see in the reboot? Let us know your thoughts, speculation and excitement level in the comments section below.