Just in case you weren't convinced that James Cameron is a storytelling and cinematic demi-God, The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and True Lies director has seemingly spontaneously come up with a perfect description for how to make the Terminator franchise relevant again. That or he's had this little nugget in his back pocket for quite some time and he's now decided to spring it on us. Either way, it's enough for Terminator fans to get very excited about and start pleading with Cameron to get back to work on the franchise in some capacity. James Cameron explained:
I think it's possible to tell a great Terminator story now, and it's relevant. We live in a digital age, and Terminator ultimately, if you can slow it down, is about our relationship with our own technology, and how our technology can reflect back to us---and in the movie, literally, in a human form that is a nemesis and a threat. But also in those movies, in the two that I did, it's about how we dehumanize ourselves. In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven't won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely.
During James Cameron's chat with the Daily Beast over the weekend, the topic of the stagnant Terminator franchise invariably came up. Especially because there have been rumors recently that Cameron is primed to take the series over again, with Deadpool director Tim Miller in line to oversee the potential new film. James Cameron explained that a potential sixth installment to the franchise should be rooted in the digit relationships that we now have with the various technologies we have at our disposal, while it would also come from a standpoint that, in 2017, the machines have actually been victorious.
There are probably quite a lot of you out there that would like James Cameron to get to work on that version of Terminator 6 right this very second. Unfortunately, James Cameron has his hands rather full with his four Avatar sequels, which he has finally finished writing the scripts for, plans to start shooting from August, and will be released in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively. Also, let's not forget that James Cameron hasn't worked on a Terminator film since Judgment Day was released in 1991, twenty-six years ago.
But while James Cameron is unlikely to step behind the camera on a new Terminator film any time soon, we can at least hope that he's passed on this information to Tim Miller and a group of screenwriters, who are now busily trying to make it a reality.