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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

James Cameron Says Terminator Still Relevant

A few days ago, word came that James Cameron was teaming up with Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring a brand new Terminator movie to life.

Speaking with The Daily Beast, the visionary director said that, even though the franchise track record hasn't been the best since his departure, he feels that the core idea behind the series is still relevant and ripe for further mining.

"Its really just stumbled along, trying to find its voice again. There’s probably some degree to where it’s lost relevance, you know? Maybe the things that made it good back then are kind of a yawn now. It’s easy to remember fondly the things that kick off a franchise. It’s hard to keep a franchise vigorous, and relevant."

"I haven’t had my hand on the tiller since ‘Terminator 2,’ and that was 1991. So what’s that? Twenty-six years? But look, 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."

Three additional Terminator films have been made since Cameron exited the franchise - all three of which went on to become critical and financial disappointments.

There is currently no word on when production will begin on the next Terminator film.

Source: The Daily Beast

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