James Cameron Admits to Advising Arnold Schwarzenegger on New Terminator Movie
04.17.12 by Ryan
A proposed Terminator 5 has been in development since Terminator Salvation was released in 2009, but has had to suffer through a variety of roadblocks, including bankruptcy by rights-holder Halcyon, then being purchased by hedge fund Pacificor. It looked like the franchise was back on track last year, when Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures purchased the Terminator rights with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Justin Lin (Fast Five) attached for a fifth installment.
Lin's involvement became questionable last September when he reportedly couldn't make Ellison's aggressive production schedule due to his commitment to Fast Six. Seems that was also around the time that James Cameron, director of the first two Terminator movies, started secretly advising Schwarzenegger on another Terminator movie. At least, that's what Cameron admitted in a recent interview with MTV.
I was talking to him back in fall about a new Terminator film and quietly advising on that, I suppose you could say. I was trying to be as encouraging as possible. Frankly, at that time, I thought that it needed to be more about him. I told him he should not do it until it's focused on his character or he shouldn't do it. Because I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven't even been thought of yet.
Back in June of last year, rumors began swirling that Schwarzenegger would have a substantial role in the movie, but that a younger male lead was being sought. Considering that Terminator 5 had no script or hired screenwriter, the information seemed dubious at that point. Cameron's comments are perhaps more directed at the fact that Schwarzenegger's T-101 robot character was marginalized to a brief, CGI-laden cameo in Salvation, and Cameron was trying to save audiences (and himself) from having another Schwarzenegger-less Terminator movie.
Still, while it could be argued whether Terminator 5 will ever get off the ground, it's at least comforting to see that Cameron is willing to at least advise on another installment after publicly stating he didn't "have any personal desire to go back" to a franchise that he felt had "run its course."