Man, this was a busy week for Ask Me Anything conversations. Hollywood icon Harrison Ford opened up for a (somewhat) candid conversation that we playfully broke down here on CinemaBlend. And legendary blockbuster director James Cameron also took to Reddit to discuss his various projects, past and present.
You can skim through the complete conversation here. Cameron weighs in on the three Avatar movies he’s in the process of making (simultaneously, basically). He discusses Titanic and Prometheus. But his comments about the Terminator franchise really caught our eye. Obviously, Cameron launched the Terminator series with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 1984. Thirty years ago. Let that soak in. The duo made a sequel, but Cameron moved on, even as Hollywood continued to explore his world in assorted sequels. And it turns out, Cameron didn’t care much for what directors like Jonathan Mostow and the auteur McG came up with. When asked about the Terminator franchise, Cameron candidly stated:
Which is interesting. Because Cameron’s not opposed to a sequel, by any stretch. I mean the dude is cranking out multiple Avatar films. His comments about waiting until you have a "big" idea are encouraging. He must have massive ideas for Pandora if he’s going back to that well for three additional dips.
Cameron does acknowledge the fifth Terminator movie, Terminator: Genesis, that is in the works, and says:
He must have participation points. Don’t bad mouth potential profits! When it comes to working with his Terminator again, however, Cameron throws cold water on the Avatar rumors stating, "As of right now, [Arnold] and I have not discussed it, and I don’t see a role as the scripts are coming together that would be appropriate for him, so I would say probably not."
You know what would be magical? If Cameron could direct Arnold in one more Terminator movie. To bring the series to proper closure. The word on these new Terminator movies is that it’s setting up a fresh trilogy. Can they get Cameron out of Pandora long enough to possibly helm a future (and final) Terminator movie? We can always hope.
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