James Cameron Considering ‘Terminator’ Reboot With A.I., Not Killer Cyborgs

He’ll be back… well, maybe. Terminator is one of James Cameron’s most successful franchises (aside from Avatar ). After a mere three years since its last outing, Terminator: Dark Fate, the filmmaker has revealed that a reboot is in “discussion”.

While discussing the themes of his movies and the use of artificial intelligence in filmmaking with SmartLess podcast, Cameron shared that if he were to reboot the sci-fi/action franchise, it would focus on A.I. and not killer cyborgs.

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

Terminator: Judgement Day.

Cameron hasn’t directed a Terminator movie since Terminator: Judgement Day but he has been attached to the sequels Genisys and Dark Fate. Whilst Judgement Day is considered one of the best films ever made, fans and Cameron can’t say the same for Dark Fate. The director even called it “your granddad’s Terminator movie”.

The Terminator franchise was created by Cameron in 1984 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg. Linda Hamilton played his target Sarah Conner whilst Michael Biehn took on the role of Sarah’s protector, Kyle Reese.

The movie grossed US$78.3 million in the global box office and propelled a sequel. Judgement Day was later released in 1991. The sequel made US$519 million worldwide and earned critical acclaim, garnering three Academy Award nominations and winning two.

Though it remains to be seen if the reboot does take place, fans can also look forward to a Terminator anime series heading to Netflix and an open-world survival game by Nacon Studio Milan.