TERMINATOR QUESTIONS Volume 3: Answers to if James Cameron ever planned to make a T3, and will he ever make another Terminator film again!

Sometimes even the biggest Terminator fans can still have questions when it comes to the time-travelling universe they know and love. And we are here to help! As a regular feature on our social media pages, it is our aim to provide answers to some of the most perplexing Terminator related questions around! Now if you don’t follow us on Facebook or Twitter, don’t fret. We have collected all of these solved Terminator riddles into a single volume that you can read here! And who knows, even the most die-hard Terminator Fans might just understand the franchise they love.. just a little bit more!


QUESTION #1 : Did James Cameron ever explore the idea of making a third Terminator film?


There has been an incorrect narrative repeated by many Terminator fans that when creator, writer & director James Cameron finished his blockbuster film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in 1991, he had finished the whole story he wanted to tell and never entertained the idea of creating a third Terminator film. This is actually not true.

Twenty years ago in 1997, James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Bill Mechanic were actually pursuing the rights to the Terminator franchise through bankruptcy court (with the intention of making a “Terminator 3”) until giving up to competing bidders a year later.

And twenty-one years ago in 1996, James Cameron even talked about his intentions of making a third Terminator film in promoting his T2 3-D: Battle Across Time ride, where he said: “We went to it with this sense that we were not just doing a kind of knock-off ride or themed attraction, to kind of just be spun off the film, but one would create a stepping stone to a third theatrical production.” “So you’re going to see a step in the evolution of story and of the characters in ‘T2: Battle Across Time’ which may be finished in the third film.”

See James Cameron talk about it in the video clip below:

And if that wasn’t enough, James Cameron admited it in print to Variety magazine in December 17th, 1995 when LightStorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox announced a mutual exclusive deal.  Here is the excerpt:

“I’ve told Peter Chernin that I’m ready to direct ‘Spiderman’ and a ‘Terminator’ sequel,” Cameron told Variety. “The other thing I want to concentrate on is developing a number of different projects simultaneously which I could either produce or direct.”

So there is no doubt James Cameron had intentions on directing a third Terminator film.


QUESTION #2 : Will director James Cameron ever write and direct another Terminator film?

ANSWER : Maybe. He has not ruled it out.

Ever since James Cameron (and Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Bill Mechanic) took themselves out of the running in 1997 to acquire the Terminator franchise rights through bankruptcy court and make a third film, fans had little hope that the creative genius who brought us the Terminator character would ever return to the classic sci-fi franchise that he created over 30 years ago.

It wasn’t until a couple years ago where fans saw a glimmer of hope. That is when it became widely known that Jim Cameron would actually reacquire the rights to the Terminator franchise in 2019 due to U.S. copyright law. This caused fans to wonder: would James Cameron ever write and direct another Terminator film?

The answer is simply ‘maybe’. In 2015, James Cameron spoke about it to EMPIRE and had this to say: “I haven’t really thought that far ahead yet. I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. It might be fun to completely re-invent the franchise. A lot has to do with what happens with it in the meantime, people may have Terminator fatigue.”

If director James Cameron does decide to re-invent the Terminator franchise, he will be nearly 70 years old once his commitment to the “Avatar” franchise is finally complete. Those films are currently slated for release in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022. But Terminator fans should take consolation in the fact that director George Miller was nearly 70 when he directed “Fury Road”, the new installment to his Mad Max franchise, which became a resounding success.


We’ll be back with Volume Four!


8 thoughts on “TERMINATOR QUESTIONS Volume 3: Answers to if James Cameron ever planned to make a T3, and will he ever make another Terminator film again!”

  1. He did also mention it twice in two separate magazines that, although hes not planning it and ended the story in T2, he doesnt deny that he might change his mind. He didnt say no right away when the call from Mario Kassar came, but once he heard that Kassar already had a script for him by someone else (Tedi Sarafian) he went furious and T3 went into different hands


  2. It’s obvious in the 1996 video, James Cameron was entertaining the idea of making a third Terminator film. Then in 1997, James Cameron and Fox tried to secure the Terminator rights from the Carolco bankruptcy auction with the intention of making a third Terminator film. This was BEFORE Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna secured the rights with their C2 Pictures. Then in 1998, Fox and Cameron stopped pursuing those rights.

    Once Kassar and Vajna obtained the Terminator rights again , they did propose a union with James Cameron, but Cameron was loyal to Fox and already had mentally moved on from Terminator.


  3. Cameron was always passionate about the franchise before it went to someone else’s hands. For example, he was actually already working on Titanic (extensive preproduction) when T2 3D was made and he split his time between Titanic and T2 3D – it was was also his own idea to direct T2 3D even thought he was so busy. I think he was thinking about the third but his focus went into different areas after Titanic, but he’d eventually do it. As to why Kassar opted to have someone else script T3 and why he, in his own words, had problem with Cameron having full control this time around (source:Empire magazine) is still a mystery


  4. here are the exact quotes from Empire mag #238
    “I called James Cameron, who was in San Francisco at the time. I said, ‘James, we have all of the rights, and you are free to have control of the film’. But he declined the offer because he wanted to have A-Z control of the project’.” – Mario Kassar
    “Working from someone elses script in a universe I fucking originated held no appeal to me whatsoever.” – JCameron

    Gary Goddard, co-creator of T2 3D also mentioned he and Jim were discussing possibilities for the third movie


    1. Indeed. Cameron is one and only true God of the Terminator universe, and yet Mario Kassar make it sounds as if this supreme god is not supposed to have A-Z control


  5. Actually, the “series finished with T2” is both correct and incorrect.
    T1 was perceived as a stand alone movie, T2 back then WAS intended as “definitive conclusion” as described in “Making of T2” documentary. Both changed and both continued the story in logical and plausible way, that’s what good sequel is about.
    Then it was possible that T2-3D inspired some sparkle. T2-3D as “stepping stone” doesn’t nessesary mean T2-3D being chronologically a T2.5. I imagine that compare T2-3D as a T-70, whereas true T3 would be a full fledged T-800.


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