James Cameron Offers Some Insight Into His Next TERMINATOR Film and How It Will Be Relevant
Not long ago we learned the awesome news that James Cameron would be teaming up with Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring us a new Terminator movie. This was incredibly exciting news because Cameron hasn't really been involved with the franchise since he made Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The rights to the property revert back to Cameron in 2019, and he's preparing to give fans something great and different.
During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron was asked about the declining quality of the Terminator franchise, and in his response he offers us some insight into what he might be planning for his next Terminator movie.
"It’s really just stumbled along, trying to find its voice again. There’s probably some degree to where it’s lost relevance, you know? Maybe the things that made it good back then are kind of a yawn now. It’s easy to remember fondly the things that kick off a franchise. It’s hard to keep a franchise vigorous, and relevant. I haven’t had my hand on the tiller since Terminator 2, and that was 1991. So what’s that? Twenty-six years? But look, I think it’s possible to tell a great Terminator story now, and it’s relevant. We live in a digital age, and Terminator ultimately, if you can slow it down, is about our relationship with our own technology, and how our technology can reflect back to us—and in the movie, literally, in a human form that is a nemesis and a threat. But also in those movies, in the two that I did, it’s about how we dehumanize ourselves. In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven’t won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely."
This is definitely an interesting way to approach the subject matter. There are so many different directions that he could take the story from that initial thought and concept, which I'm sure would be the backbone of his pitch and what inspired him to want to make another Terminator film.
I can't wait to see what Cameron and Miller have up their sleeves for this film. They've got plenty of time to flush out their ideas and get a great script in place. If anyone can reinvigorate this franchise properly and get people excited about it again, it's Cameron.