He's Back. Again?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron are both returning to the 'Terminator' franchise, for better or worse.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron are both returning to the ‘Terminator’ franchise, for better or worse.

They’re really going to do another one. During a weekend in which 79-year-old Ridley Scott released the second in a new series of 4 Alien prequels, promising that his most iconic franchise will stretch into six decades by the time it’s all done, 69-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed that he is ready to return to the Terminator series. James Cameron is coming along to produce, too.

“It is back. It is moving forward,” the former Governer of California told ScreenDaily during an interview at Cannes. “[Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.”

Here, for references are the previous Terminator films ranked in order of their valuable contribution to human culture (or Rotten Tomatoes Score):

Terminator Movies Chart

I’m no data scientist, but even I can see that the franchise has a direction — and it’s not “please make more of these.” There’s no doubt that longtime fans of the franchise will argue that having James Cameron back in the fold makes a difference. It could, sure. But look at the image to the right — that is the list of upcoming project to which Cameron has hitched his wagon in some form or another. Note that Cameron is currently working on four more Avatar films, producing a Heavy Metal movie, has scripts in development for two other films he plans to direct, is producing Fantastic Voyage, will need to do a bit of press for Alita: Battle Angel, and did I mention four Avatar movies?

James Cameron Upcoming FilmsJames Cameron is 62-years-old. He appears to be in fine health, but one cannot carry on such a workload forever. How much time, energy, and attention do you believe he’ll have for another Terminator film?

The relatively good news here is that Deadpool helmer Tim Miller is attached to direct. He’s no bum. There’s an off-chance that this project could end up being the Terminator sequel for which fans have yearned since 1991. A grungy, unapologetically violent, menacing film that bends logic to its will and further expresses the many ways in which humanity will bring about its own doom. But be careful with this one, dearest readers. What I’ve laid out for you above is a solid case for why this may not be such a great idea. Arnie sounds as excited as an Austrian can be and I’m sure Jim Cameron has all kinds of wild ideas, but we’re a long way from daylight on this. In an overwhelming “this is a bad idea” sort of way.

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