James Cameron Returning To Make More Terminator?

James Cameron might be headed back to the franchise that kickstarted his career.

By Drew Dietsch | Published

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James Cameron could actually be headed back to the world of Skynet and the Terminators. The prolific blockbuster director has a number of Avatar sequels on the horizon, but a new report suggests that he might be thinking about a return to the science-fiction franchise that kickstarted his entire filmmaking career.

Insider Daniel Richtman (via We Got This Covered) is reporting that James Cameron is interested in making another Terminator film despite the less-than-stellar box office performance of the last installment, Terminator: Dark Fate. According to Richtman’s scoop, this entry would take a page out of Terminator Salvation‘s playbook and take place in the apocalyptic future that we so often see throughout the franchise.

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As of now, it is unclear whether or not this potential new Terminator film would be written and directed by James Cameron or if he would only be involved as a producer. He had a story credit on Terminator: Dark Fate, so it is likely he would be involved with the story in some significant capacity. But would he be jumping into the director’s chair? That kind of direct involvement might provide the franchise with the public interest it desperately needs. Having the series’ creator at the helm would certainly pique the interest of Terminator fans.

It is also foggy if this new James Cameron Terminator film would have a place for Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. The franchise star has made an appearance in every Terminator film since the beginning of the series in 1984. However, Arnie is getting up there and it is hard to see him playing as pivotal a role in yet another Terminator sequel. Perhaps he would pop up in a cameo role? At this point, as great as it is to see Arnie in these movies, it might be best if this newest entry finally found a way to move past his involvement.


There is no denying that the Terminator franchise needs a serious shot of adrenaline. After the rousing success of Terminator 2: Judgment Day back in 1991, the series has been unable to capture the same critical and audience acclaim that it enjoyed with its first two film entries. Having James Cameron on board for a new installment would be great, but it would probably take his direct crediting as a writer to get film fans intrigued. But, if he came on as director? That alone would be cause for excitement.

However, this is all too ethereal right now to nail down. Richtman’s report about James Cameron is insubstantial as of now. Hopefully, if it is true and Cameron is interested in getting another Terminator movie off the ground, we will see development kick into gear sooner rather than later. It would be a shame to waste Cameron’s immediate passion for a new Terminator sequel. If he does have an idea, let’s keep our fingers crossed that a script can get written pretty quickly and some more official announcements regarding the filmmaking crew can get announced. We’re always ready to give a new Terminator film a fair shake.