Reports are flying around that Justin Lin – known for directing the latter three films in the Fast and the Furious franchise, including the forthcoming Fast Five – is in the cards to direct a new Terminator film for Universal. Why do we need one of these again?
Now, let’s bare in mind that the first two Terminator films (I’d say the second one over the first, personally) are classics, but is this franchise one that really needs to have an endless number of installments? I didn’t hate Terminator 3 as much as others did, despite the fact that James Cameron had little to do with the film aside from a nod and a handshake. Holding company Halcyon snapped up the series several years back and generated the prequel/sequel Terminator: Salvation and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The former wasn’t a dreadful film, but there wasn’t much good about it, and the latter just seemed sad to me. Kelly liked the show, but from what I saw, its low rent approach to the property was a huge turn off. Anyway, both did poorly, which landed Halcyon in trouble and shifted the franchise to a hedge fund (which seems bizarre, but okay).
I’m sure Cameron had some sprawling story in mind when he created the original film in the mid-80s, but building out Terminator seems like a bit of a stretch to me.