Terminator to Get 3-D Animated Remake?

You may recall that earlier this year the rights to the Terminator franchise were being auctioned off in the wake of the disappointing box office performance of Terminator: Salvation and ended up in the hands of Santa Barbara-based hedge fund Pacificor. Now this week we have the first hint of what they will do with the property, and it’s something that I don’t think many fans will be particularly pleased with. They have reportedly approved a new animated movie called Terminator 3000 from Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment. The movie will be a $70 million 3-D production “based on the characters and situations introduced in the original Terminator feature.” I guess this is what happens when movie rights get sold to a financial group instead of a movie studio.

While in theory I’m not against the idea of a big budget CG animated film based on a franchise like this, there is one statement that is particularly worrisome: “the writers and production team have a stated goal of minimizing violence in order to obtain a PG-13 level of material.” Yes, Terminator: Salvation may have been PG-13, but I don’t think they actively tried to reduce the amount of violence from the very start of the project. There’s been no word on who the actual writers or directors are, but something about this whole project seems very sketchy.

Personally I don’t see why James Cameron doesn’t just buy the rights to The Terminator back for himself at this point. Surely he must have enough cash lying around from Avatar to do it, and even if he was just going to sit on it and do nothing more with the series, at least it would avoid the embarrassment of having the Terminator name run into the ground. What do you think, could Terminator 3000 have potential, or is this just a bad idea all around?

  • These fucking dumb monkeys need to stop hanging off one of my favorite franchises.

  • Before they break it…

  • Mason

    Seriously man. You and me. We’re fucking done.. professionally.

  • bowenarrow

    I’m not turned off by the PG-13 rating, A movie doesn’t need to be rated R to be good, but If they released some direct to DVD animated Terminator thing ala Animatrix that would be one thing, but this is going to the theaters and sounds like it isn’t even a sequel to continue the story. If that’s the case then FUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOU!!!!!!!

  • Kurei

    This my friends is a dead franchise……

    Well at least we got 2 good movies out of it and two watchable ones.

  • Derek

    Terminator Salvation wasn’t that fuckin bad.I mean what was everyone expecting…a James Cameron film, for fuck sakes. This news is a big bucket of bullshit. I was lookin forward ta seein this franchise get finished; but it never will.

  • Mason

    I didn’t think it was bad at all. Just wasn’t awesome.

  • Robin Brown

    Look, we got Terminator (awesome film) and Terminator 2 (very very good film) the rest, meh. If this turns out being good then we’re all happy but no one should be holding out much hope. Sounds intriguing on a visual level. Hopefully it will be set at night unlike the last film. The horror of the future flash forwards in the first two film was that it was always dark. Can not believe they did not stick with that in the third film. We’ll just wait and see.

  • pcch7

    TSCC was fantastic so I´d rather them doing a mini-series to conclude it.. There´s potential I guess, but is it gonna be a remake or what? Will they get the actors to do voices? I´d actually rather see a sequel to Salvation but with another director

  • Mason’s first response For the WIN!