The story behind the scenes of Terminator Salvation is quite an interesting one, and pretty abnormal for such a major franchise sequel. Hollywood newcomers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek managed to score the rights to the Terminator franchise back in 2006 when they received a hot tip that they would be up for grabs after the previous owners, Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar, dissolved their partnership. They were able to anonymously purchase the rights and land financing, before moving on to score distribution deals with Warner Brothers and Sony — all without any experience producing movies outside of an indie comedy called Cook-Off!. The general feeling from all parties involved was that the franchise was way more valuable than what they were paying for it, however, Terminator Salvation ultimately underperformed… which is an odd thing to say about a movie that made $370 million worldwide.
Fast-forward to today, where Anderson and Kubicek are on the verge of bankruptcy and owe their financial backers a substantial amount of money. It’s looking like they will have to sell off the Terminator rights, either in whole or in part, and are reportedly in the process of talking to “a variety of studios and independent companies”. It seems crazy to me that a franchise like this can get so tied up in financial woes, but it’s in a weird position where the last movie made enough money that a sequel should be inevitable, but it didn’t make enough money to be seriously profitable. So will we ever see Terminator 5 and 6? And should we? I happened to like Terminator Salvation, but the vast majority of reactions seemed to be negative, and only got worse as the summer movie season wore on. I do think that if there’s no one with a clear vision driving the ship, then they should just end it now before it gets worse. Would you like to see another Terminator sequel?