James Cameron Talks 'Terminator: Genesis'

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Even though James Cameron hasn't been directly involved with the Terminator franchise for years, he'll always be asked for his thoughts on whatever sequel, reboot, or spinoff happens to be glurging its way up the studio pipeline at any given moment -- a list of properties that currently includes the upcoming Terminator: Genesis, which will reportedly re-reboot the franchise with an installment that somehow re-inserts Arnold Schwarzenegger's titular cyborg into a leading role even though Arnold, very much unlike a cyborg, has aged substantially since the first three installments in the series.

The people responsible for this decision have yet to explain how they intend to make it work, but Cameron spoke with reporters at the Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, and he proved every bit as honest (albeit still sufficiently cagey to preserve the studio's modesty) as one might hope from a billionaire movie mogul. As it turns out, Cameron is (or was) in fact "loosely attached" to the new Terminator -- and may have had quite a bit to do with Schwarzenegger's heavy involvement. As he explained:

My goal in that was not to insinuate myself artistically but to try to make sure they stayed true to the Terminator character and the idea of Arnold being in it. Because he’s a friend of mine and we’ve been through all the wars together and everything. And I wanted them to see the possibilities I saw for what they could do with this character.

And then David Ellison took the project over from Megan and he and I met a couple times. And so Arnold is very much front and center in the new Terminator films. So I might have had some tiny effect on it — but obviously they had to make the right financial and creative decisions themselves so I’m not trying to take credit for the film that they’re making but that was my goal in being loosely attached to the film but I won’t have any credit on it.

All that being said, Cameron insists he's no longer terribly concerned about what transpires in the Terminator universe; as he told the assembled, he "had to let it go" because "I just felt as a filmmaker maybe I’ve gone beyond it. I really wasn’t that interested. I felt like I’d told the story I wanted to tell."

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