James Cameron Says He’s Had Talks About Returning To Relaunch The ‘Terminator’ Franchise

One of the best things about Avatar: The Way of Water being in theaters now is that we’re getting a lot of press from James Cameron. With his career and the number of franchises he’s been a part of, there’s so much ground to cover. Appearing on the Smartless podcast with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, Cameron talked the future of Terminator, and whether he’ll be part of it.

“If I were to do another ‘Terminator’ film and maybe try and to launch that franchise again, which is in discussion, but nothing has been decided,” “I would make it much more about the AI side of it than bad robots gone crazy.”

Cameron last directed Terminator with 1991’s Judgment Day, but he was brought on to consult on failed reboot Terminator Genisys. He took a more direct approach with 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, producing the Judgment Day sequel that also failed to catch on. In recent weeks, Cameron has lamented the decision to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton for that movie. But let’s be honest, would the older fans have seen it if they weren’t? Probably not.

It’s interesting to think about Cameron coming back to Terminator. Given his track record, he might be the only guy who can bring those movies back to glory.



Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.