Next Terminator Flick Inches Foward

by Paul William Tenny

terminator.jpgThough don't expect it anytime in 2008, with something this early in the workings, there's zero chance it'll move forward beyond where it is today until well after the writers strike ends. If it ends. If there is a Hollywood left after it ends. Then again, the strike might crumble early and hard and set writers back for another couple of decades at the feet of greedy studios that are swimming in money from a record setting summer box office.

Word comes from Variety (as most things do) that Warner Brothers has acquired domestic distribution rights to the next theatrical installment, but don't go expecting anything like the first two films. Terminator is now on its third set of owners since its incarnation in the hands of master director and accomplished writer James Cameron.

The story, best to my understanding of it, is that Cameron lost all his rights to Linda Hamilton during their divorce. Hamilton promptly sold the rights to a third party which appeared to be her intent in going after those rights in the first place. Terminator 3 was the result of that horrific event that went over budget and produced a pale imitation of the franchise we all know and love.

Recently, the rights holders from the Hamilton deal (some group called Halcyon) sold them again to yet another outfit that was formed apparently with the intent to put out another Terminator pic, without any previous experience in making films and probably without any intention of making other films after the fact, much like what happened originally with Halcyon.

If the plot of the third flick wasn't bad enough, the fourth installment looks to be nothing more than 105% action (leaving -5% for story) leaving us with little more a movie that action fanboys can masturbate to while screaming about the incredible $300 million dollar special effects and a total lack of anything else.

The first two "Terminator" films, directed by James Cameron, used contemporary settings to pit Sarah and John Connor against indestructible cyborgs. "T3" was also set in the present day and ended just as the machines initiated a nuclear apocalypse. "Terminator Salvation" was deliberately not given a number after its title, because Halcyon is eager to make it clear that the fourth film heads into an entirely different setting.

"This is set in the future, in a full-scale war between Skynet and humankind," Anderson told Daily Variety.

Borman said: "The third film was really the conclusion of what happened in the 'now.' You will find the most-loved characters, but the intention here is to present a fresh new world and have this be the first of a trilogy."

Don't worry about claims coming out of the big studis that they are bleeding money and can't afford to pay writers more than $0.05 per DVD sold in the current contract negotiations - we're sure they'll find money for that $300m budget under Harry Potters couch in record time.

Source: Daily Variety
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