Attention, moguls! How's this for a deal? Pay $25 million for the rights to some franchise that started in the 80s, then spin it into a somewhat successful network TV show and a movie that grosses $380 million worldwide! Think it can't be done? Well, Halcyon Entertainment did it when they bought the full Terminator rights back in 2007, and thanks to bankruptcy just two years later, those rights can be yours!

That's right-- for just a cool few million, you can make all the "Come with me if you want to live" jokes you want, put them on YouTube, and no one will sue you. Or, you know, you could hire a real director to make another Terminator movie, bring back Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin and ditch the rest of the Terminator: Salvation cast, and find another $400 million worldwide. The choice is yours!

Nikki Finke reported the news that the rights are for sale, and also printed a hilarious open letter from Joss Whedon, offering $10,000 (that's four zeros!) for the rights. One of Whedon's brilliant ideas for the franchise:

1) Terminator... of the Rings! Yeah, what if he time-travelled TOO far... back to when there was dragons and wizards? (I think it was the Dark Ages.) Hasta La Vista, Boramir! Cool, huh? "Now you gonna be Gandalf the Red!" RRRRIP! But then he totally helps, because he's a cyborg and he doesn't give a s#&% about the ring -- it has no power over him! And he can carry it AND Frodo AND Sam AND [email protected]%& up some orcs while he's doing it. This stuff just comes to me. I mean it. (I will also offer $10,000 for the Lord of the Rings franchise).

All jokes aside, someone is going to pick up the rights, and it will be truly interesting to see what happens from here. I think we'd all stopped counting on another Terminator movie, given how few ideas the latest one had, but this might represent yet another renaissance for America's favorite cyborg franchise.

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