SPEAKING at the Los Angeles Times’ 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this week James Cameron has revealed he’s had a small hand in the upcoming Terminator reboot.
The new film due to be released next year isn’t considered to be a complete series reboot, but like J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek it will use time travel to effectively reset the franchise’s continuity without invalidating what came before, creating an alternate universe for this first instalment in a new proposed trilogy to exist in.
Much has been made of the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise; with Cameron reportedly front and centre in making that happen. Cameron said: “My goal in that was not to insinuate myself artistically, but to try to make sure they stayed true to the Terminator character and the idea of Arnold being in it.” Adding: “He’s a friend of mine and we’ve been through all the wars together. I wanted them to see the possibilities I saw for what they could do with this character.”
It’s been reported that Schwarzenegger will play a T-800 whose ‘bio-exoskeleton’ ages in the film so that it resembles the actor’s current 67-year old physical form.
Cameron essentially bowed out of the Terminator franchise with Terminator 2: Judgement Day and everything since has been in the hands of others and the director claims he’s essentially done with the property: “I pay attention to (The new Terminator films) but I’m not terribly concerned about them one way or the other. I’ve had to let it go.”
Reportedly the rights revert back to Cameron in 2019, by which time a new trilogy of films should have been released in cinemas,time will tell just how ‘done’ with the franchise the director really is.