Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Reteam With James Cameron For The Next Terminator Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Reteam With James Cameron For The Next Terminator Movie

James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2010. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has just announced he’ll be starring in the next Terminator movie, which is not at all a big deal. It’s definitely less exciting than the news from January that James Cameron would be regaining rights to the franchise he created, and was working on a new, possibly good Terminator film. But Cameron and Arnold, back together on Terminator? Yes, please.

Via Screen Daily:

Speaking to Screen in Cannes, […] Schwarzenegger confirmed that he will star in a new Terminator film produced by James Cameron.

“It is back,” commented Schwarzenegger, who revealed that he had met Cameron recently and discussed the project. “It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise,” the actor added, “I will be in the movie.”

Well, I’m glad Cameron has some good ideas, as the series has been devoted to exploring increasingly terrible ideas ever since Cameron left. The last film, Genisys, was even worse than you’d think a film that intentionally misspelled “genesis” and “genisys” could be.

We’d heard that Cameron would be involved in the new Terminator movie, other than he was working with Deadpool director Tim Miller. We didn’t know for sure Cameron’s exact level of involvement, which could have ranged anywhere from directing the film to writing down a basic story idea on a cocktail napkin, and unfortunately the latter felt a bit more likely to me seeing as Cameron seems plenty busy working on those 80 Avatar sequels or whatever.

So the news he’ll be producing the movie indicates he’ll be significantly involved, which makes Schwarzenegger’s return something potentially cool instead of shrug-worthy. Frankly, Schwarzenegger could come or go, as far as I’m concerned — Terminator films without Cameron have been bad at best, while Schwarzenegger has been zero guarantee of quality. Now at least the next Terminator film has a chance at not being awful.


  • I’m glad to hear this. The Terminator franchise is due for a comeback and is rife with potential stories. My idea for a good terminator movie:

    No Schwarzenegger, No Sarah/John Connor, No time travel. It’s set in the direct aftermath of the nuclear attack and follows a bunch of survivors dealing with the early attacks by the machines trying to eliminate them. It shows how they are able to repel the initial machine attacks and why Skynet decides to create terminators to fool them. It’s like the Walking Dead but with Terminators. That’s the Terminator movie I want to see. I always enjoyed the future war scenes the most in the Terminator movies (I actually enjoyed Salvation).

  • The Genisys concept started out ok, revisiting the first film was pretty cool and they had a good excuse for an older Arnold-Bot, but once they jumped to the future it just went stupid. I don’t think I’d want them to continue on with that story so hopefully it can be relegated to another alternate timeline and they’ll do something new.

  • Meh. The last good Terminator film was directed by Cameron 25 years ago. They’re both too old now. It’s been time to move on for a while now.

  • 1. JC is only producing – I feel like you’re understating the importance of that distinction.
    2. Even if he was directing, that’s no guarantee it was going to be as good as T1/2. Exhibit A: Prometheus (and, depending on who you ask, Covenant as well).

    • Enjoyed both Prometheus & Covenant, did get too fanboy over the continuity issues as it’s just a movie so not a big deal they can always retcon it anyway.

  • Have the rights to the series reverted to Cameron yet, or is this under control of the hedge fund that bought the franchise of of Halcyon?

  • They are really trying to ring every last drop of money they can from this series huh? They should get Neill Blomkamp to make one ignoring everything after T2.

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