‘Hasn’t been relevant in years’: James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot Falls on Deaf Ears as Avatar 2 Director Wants To Focus Less on “Bad Robots Gone Crazy”

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James Cameron made a big name in the film industry way before Avatar (2009) got crowned as the highest-grossing movie of all time in cinema history. His films like Aliens, Titanic, and The Terminator, all attest to the fact that the Canadian filmmaker’s career had always been a massive success right from the start.

James Cameron talks about the likelihood of a new Terminator film
James Cameron talks about the likelihood of a new Terminator film

With Avatar 2 having finally been released after more than a decade, the director is all about sequels and reboots as he hinted at the possible revival of the Terminator franchise as well. Although nothing is one hundred percent certain with regard to it, James Cameron does seem to be considering the idea quite seriously. But while he might be keen on doing a Terminator reboot, the audience on the other hand seems to be more horrified at the prospect than excited.

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James Cameron Talks About A Possible Terminator Reboot

James Cameron helmed the very first Terminator project back in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the film as the titular cyborg assassin along with Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn. After the success of The Terminator, Cameron then directed the sequel titled Terminator: Judgement Day, which too, ended up being a colossal hit.

Ever since the 1991 sequel, however, Cameron hasn’t shepherded any other Terminator films. But he did have a hand in aspects like screenplay and production in the franchise’s other projects like Terminator Genisys (2015) and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019). Unfortunately enough, none of the other movies after Judgement Day proved to be up to the mark. Recently though, Cameron sparked up rumors about the possibility of rebooting the franchise through a brand-new movie.

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A T-800 from the Terminator franchise.

Speaking about artificial intelligence and its utilization in his projects on the Smartless Podcast, the Avatar director hinted at the possibility of a Terminator reboot.

“If I were to do another Terminator film and maybe try to launch that franchise again, which is in discussion, but nothing has been decided. I would make it much more about the AI side of it than bad robots gone crazy.” 

While this isn’t a sure-shot thing as Cameron pointed out it’s only “in discussion” at the moment, people are still terribly convinced that a Terminator reboot would be a recipe for disaster.

Fans React Bitterly to the Idea of A Terminator Reboot 

The first two films in the franchise were, to put it simply, epic. Both of them were received monumentally well by critics and audiences alike. But the films that followed Judgement Day ended up disappointing fans instead as they failed to match the excellence of the first two parts, let alone surpass them. So, when Cameron brought up the conversation about a possible reboot by putting together a new Terminator film, people weren’t thrilled about it in the least.


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Terminator 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2

While some are straight up refusing to encourage the idea, others are pointing out how the franchise has been dead for years now so it’d be much better to not tamper with it anymore. People are literally begging the True Lies filmmaker to “leave it alone” instead of exploiting the franchise to no end for the prospect of more money.


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Even the mere possibility of rebooting the Terminator franchise is more than enough to incite the worst reactions from fans. Safe to say if the director turns this into reality, he probably won’t garner much support for it. However, it is worth noting that Cameron had the reins for only the first two movies after which the franchise started off on its slow yet steady demise. So if he does make a new Terminator film, maybe the audience won’t be let down after all.


The Terminator series is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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