After much talk and posturing over the future of "The Terminator" franchise in recent years, something surprising has happened - producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna have given up their baby.(emphasis mine)
The Halcyon Co. has acquired the franchise rights to the popular "The Terminator" movie series and intend to make a new trilogy that would anchor their movie company.
"Terminator 4" will be based on a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris ("Terminator 3"), and Halcyon plans to immediately begin preproduction on the film with the hope of a Summer 2009 release.
Neither creator James Cameron or original star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved in the project, which picks up with John Connor in his 30s leading what's left of the human race against the machines.
The deal includes the right to produce any future "Terminator" projects in any format (film, TV, etc.). It also includes all future merchandising and licensing rights, and certain rights to the upcoming TV series "The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
The two Terminator films were classic sci fi, well-crafted films that comfortably mixed action, fantasy, and emotion. Even if you don't like science fiction or androids, you could watch The Terminator and its sequel as legitimate films. T3, on the other hand, humped the franchise into the ground by being a generic action flick that invalidated the film before it. Terminator 3 was basically Highlander 2 with robots. Do I want to see another Terminator film by the same guys? Not really.