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New Terminator films and possible TV series?

The following article is from IGN:-

It’s taken a year and a half of negotiating, but Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison has closed a deal with Pacificor to acquire the rights to The Terminator series. The plan is to make a new group of movies, with Ellison’s brother David now set to co-produce the films through his Skydance Productions. The rights also include potential TV projects, home entertainment, merchandise and video games, according to The Wrap.

Deadline notes that “the big numbers in place 18 months ago have been adjusted downward” — referring to the over $20 million that Megan Ellison pledged for the rights 18 months ago. This is because new copyright laws mean that the North American rights to The Terminator could revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 (35 years after Terminator’s 1984 release). The final amount paid by Ellison’s company has not been disclosed.

“While that law hasn’t been tested in the courts, no major film company would want to move forward on a project with a potentially catastrophic rights crisis looming,” says the site. “So the original pricey deal — made with the expectations there would be three films — was scaled down because the reality is they might only get to make two instalments [before 2019].”

In any event, the teaming of the two Ellison siblings is interesting. Megan is known for more highbrow, albeit mainstream, fare such as The Master and the (freaking awesome) Zero Dark Thirty, while David and Skydance have been behind pictures like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Star Trek Into Darkness. Terminator certainly seems to be more in line with Skydance’s style.

As for what the new films will be about, all that is known is the Ellisons are “starting from scratch as they seek out a screenwriter to plot the end.

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3 responses

  1. Interesting. I wonder if they’ll stick with either of the established continuities or do something entirely different. I really liked Terminator: Salvation, I was disappointed when the planned sequels fizzled. I wouldn’t mind seeing two more films in that series, as they planned to do.

    09/12/2012 at 01:22

    • I for one hope they don’t do anything in our current world, because in the Terminator timeline Judgment Day has already happened.

      I actually liked Terminator: Salvation, the big problem with it was that instead of consantrating on Connor the story was more focus on Marcus Wright.

      As next movie I hope they contiune from there.
      If they do a TV serise I hope they pick up from SCC, that was actually getting very intresting when FOX pulled the plug on it.

      09/12/2012 at 21:25

      • Personally, I liked how Salvation was a slightly different take on things, how not everything is about John Connor. Though, there was still plenty of Connor in it. Plus, I thought the cast was good. I’ve been a Christian Bale fan for years and Sam Worthington was having a breakthrough year when the did that film. I also though the story was good, it showed how the cyborg terminators came to be, and the special effects were awesome. I hope the new studio does as well.

        I also enjoyed The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I thought it sucked when Fox cancelled that, especially since they cancelled it on a cliffhanger.

        10/12/2012 at 03:04

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