While promoting his latest documentary project “Atlantis Rising” (which follows a team of archeologists and scientists in search for the lost city of Atlantis), the legendary James Cameron was asked about the Terminator film franchise, past and present. Cameron went on to discuss the previous steps of the Terminator franchise, and its future… a future where he thinks “it’s possible to tell a great Terminator story now”!
Speaking with The Daily Beast, journalist Marlo Stern asked James Cameron: I grew up loving the first two Terminator films. Are you upset by what’s happened to the franchise? It seems like it’s been hijacked, and they’re just getting worse and worse.
James Cameron had this to say in reply:
It hasn’t been hijacked. 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.
We assume this interview was conducted prior to the news breaking that James Cameron is “godfathering” TERMINATOR 6, otherwise the interviewer would have certainly asked about it. However, it is reassuring to know that the father of our favorite franchise feels a great and relevant Terminator story can still be told! And maybe, just maybe, he’s referring to T6.
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