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In what just might be the best news you'll hear all year, it has been confirmed that James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise for the next film. Cameron regains the rights to the original film in 2019 and according to Deadline, he is "godfathering" a new iteration that will finally bring an end to the ongoing war between man and machines. Furthermore, he is reportedly in talks with Deadpool director Tim Miller to bring the new film to life.

James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise. [Credit: MGM]
James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise. [Credit: MGM]

Cameron brought his vision to life in 1984's The Terminator and concluded the story in 1991's spectacular sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. However, he left the franchise after that because as far as he was concerned, his story had been told. But after a string of unsuccessful reboots, this is the news that fans of the franchise have been waiting for.

Skydance's David Ellison is going to be working with some of the best science fiction authors to creatively find the movie. Skydance was of course behind 2015's Terminator Genisys which saw Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the franchise after a 12 year absence.

Will It Be A Complete Reboot?

One thing that stands out from the reports is that the new film will act as a reboot and conclusion to the epic Terminator franchise. And this leaves us wondering if they will completely reboot the franchise from scratch, thus effectively remaking the 1984 classic.

2015's 'Terminator: Genisys' acted as a reboot but maintained important elements. [Credit: Paramount]
2015's 'Terminator: Genisys' acted as a reboot but maintained important elements. [Credit: Paramount]

After Cameron's original two films, the franchise had two direct sequels — the 2003 film Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines and the 2007 series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles — and two reboots in the form of 2009's Terminator Salvation and 2015's Terminator Genisys. However, while both reboots completely rest the franchise, they weren't complete reboots as they still maintained the crucial elements of the original trilogy, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature Terminator character and the Connor family saga.

So, with Cameron finally returning to the series, will this mark the first time that the franchise is completely rebooted? It seems unlikely if it's going to serve as a reboot and conclusion. What is the point in concluding a new story that has yet to be written? It wouldn't necessarily be a worthy ending to the epic Terminator franchise if it's a completely new universe, would it? But then again, with the genius of James Cameron involved — anything is possible.

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Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return?

Arnold Schwarzenegger has become synonymous with the Terminator franchise — and rightly so, he portrayed the titular character in almost all of the films. The role transformed him into a superstar, and the character is one of the greatest heroes and villains in Hollywood history. The question is — will he return for the reboot?

Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'. (via StudioCanal)
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'. (via StudioCanal)

After Schwarzenegger returned for Terminator Genisys two years ago, we were expecting to see him in both followup sequels in 2017 and 2018. However both of those were cancelled after the unsatisfactory domestic performance of Genisys. But just because Skydance weren't continuing with the Genisys saga, that did not mean that they were done with the Terminator franchise, and Arnold Schwarzenegger eventually confirmed that he would be returning for Terminator 6.

While this is fantastic news, is this the same Terminator 6 that James Cameron and Tim Miller are reportedly working on? After all, Schwarzenegger revealed this early last year, and a lot could have changed between now and then.

Come back to us Arnold!
Come back to us Arnold!

However, due to Arnie's crucial role in The Terminator's success and his close friendship with James Cameron, it's highly likely that we will see the cinematic icon return for Cameron's reboot in some role. Schwarzenegger is one of the reasons why the franchise is so successful, and it wouldn't be a satisfactory conclusion without an appearance from the iconic Terminator.

Cameron and Schwarzenegger on set of 'Terminator 2'. [Credit: StudioCanal]
Cameron and Schwarzenegger on set of 'Terminator 2'. [Credit: StudioCanal]

Despite all the uncertainty, we now know that James Cameron will return to the beloved Terminator franchise. His attachment will undoubtedly bring much more attention to the project — especially from fans of the acclaimed first two films — and we may finally witness the end of the battle between Skynet and the humans.

Whether it completely reboots the franchise or picks up where Cameron left off with T2 remains to be seen, but having the original creator back on board gives us the hope that Terminator 6 will be a worthy conclusion to this legendary film franchise.

Are you excited about James Cameron's involvement in the next Terminator film? Let us know in the comments!

(Source: Deadline)

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