James Cameron on the Terminator legacy: 'it's not my problem'

With Terminator: Genisys hitting theaters next year, what does James Cameron really think about that whole Terminator legacy thing? And what would/will he do if/when he got his hands back on the Terminator franchise? 

During a special event celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Terminator at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Cameron had a chat with Empire Online about the sci-fi movie franchise featuring a bleak apocalyptic future with killer cyborgs and Ahnold's muscles.

So what did he have to say about the upcoming Terminator flick, with which he's not directly involved?

“I'm friendly with the filmmakers, the writer Laeta Kalogridis has worked with me on projects. I'm hoping it's great. I'd like them to get it right, and based on the script that I read there's a pretty good chance that it could. It looks like it could be fun.”

When asked if he was worried that the new flick could tarnish the legacy, Cameron had this to say:

“It's not my problem! It's like being a grandparent, the kids come over and you can send them back! When I walked away from the franchise, I had to do it with the sense that I can invest in emotion. To me, it's all upside, because if it's good, it's good for Arnold (Schwarzenegger), my friend Laeta and if it's not good? It doesn't bother me personally.”

The movie rights to The Terminator are set to return into James Cameron’s capable hands in 2019, but does that mean that the filmmaker is keen to revisit it anytime soon?

“I haven't really thought that far ahead yet. I've got plenty of time to think about it. It might be fun to completely re-invent the franchise. A lot has to do with what happens with it in the meantime, people may have Terminator fatigue.”

“I'm just visiting Earth tonight; I normally live on Pandora, where I work. We're gearing up, we're in the design phase right now, completing the drafts for three scripts. We've got a whole art department with walls plastered with amazing designs that I wish I could share with everybody, but that's what the film's for!”

What do you guys think about James Cameron's comments about the legacy of the Terminator franchise? Would you like to see a reinvention of the Terminator franchise in the future with Cameron back at the helm?

(via Empire Online)

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