If you are a Terminator fan you have likely heard the name Andrew Vajna before. Vajna was one of two film investors along with Mario Kassar who founded the company Carolco Pictures. Carolco was the film company that ultimately acquired the rights to the Terminator franchise from the Hemdale Film Corporation back in 1990 (after Vajna left), and went on to make the blockbuster film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day“. Later that decade Carolco went bankrupt, but out of the ashes Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar obtained the Terminator rights again and formed a new company called C2 Pictures in 2002. They produced the sequel “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” a year later. Vajna was also credited as an executive producer for both “Terminator Salvation” and the short-lived television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Throughout his life, Vajna has had his influential hands all over Terminator… and now he’s back!
That’s right, it appears Andy Vajna was the sole man responsible for luring the production of “Terminator 6” to do most of their filming in Hungary. Vajna reportedly worked his connections in the United States to bring Skydance’s new Terminator film to the same Origo Film Studio where “Blade Runner 2049” was filmed a few years prior. And he was just doing his job.
Born in Budapest Hungary, Andrew Vajna’s latest role in life is as Hungary’s Film Commissioner. And it is his job to lure international film producers to make their movies in his country, and propel his birthplace into the global film market. And thanks to Vajna’s efforts, Hungary is now the second-biggest production hub in Europe after the U.K. (with international producers attracted by a hefty 25% tax rebate).
All that was apparently enough for Paramount Pictures and Skydance to bring their latest Terminator film production staring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton to Hungary.
Welcome back Andy. Filming for “Terminator 6” reportedly begins this late March, 2018.
We’ll be back.