During a live Question & Answer session with James Cameron at the Berlin Film Festival, which was also simulcast on Facebook, Cameron was mostly asked questions regarding the 3D conversion of his blockbuster film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. (Note we learned that other than digitally fixing a falling windshield from the T-1000’s truck as it crashes into the drainage canal, no futher alterations were made to T2 3D.) Cameron did speak briefly however about the new Terminator film in development and this is what he had to say.
It started with a question from someone in the audience, where they acknowledged James Cameron would be reacquiring the rights to the Terminator franchise soon and wanted to know if he would ever consider directing another Terminator film again.
James Cameron jokingly countered that after all the Avatar films he’s creating, he would be too old to direct another Terminator film, but not before teasing fans that he hopes to be still creatively involved with “Terminator 6”.
The following was James Cameron’s response:
“I mean ah well look it’s a complex issue. The current rights holder is Skydance and they did the most recent Terminator film Genisys, “Terminator Genisys” and I’m in very early discussions with them because why wait till, till 2019, if we don’t have to. If we know that’s coming why don’t we get ahead of it, you know?
I won’t be able to direct it because I’m doing four Avatar movies back-to-back and they’re all written and we’ve already started preparation on that. So uh, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be creatively involved, but I don’t really have anything concrete right now. But fingers crossed that we can bring Terminator back.
I think the bigger issue is, you know, how do we make it fresh, how do we make it new and as inventive for the twenty-first century as the first two Terminator films were, you know, 25 and 30 years ago.”
So if anyone previously had any doubts that the rumors were true or not that James Cameron is “godfathering” TERMINATOR 6, they can now put those fears to rest. James Cameron is indeed helping Skydance develop a sixth Terminator film and we can’t wait to see what kind of Terminator movie is coming next.
We’ll be back!