After the success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin got handed an offer only a fool wouldn’t take: a chance to direct the next Terminator movie. The chance to sit behind a camera and carry on James Cameron‘s tale of the Robopocalypse. He’d be a fool to not take the gig, right?
Well, it looks like Lin has opted out of the director’s chair in favor of another ride to Diesel town, with Fast Six. Why in da hell would Justin pass on this kind of opportunity?
Well…producer Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s decided to start production on another Terminator flick earlier than expected. They want a flick in 2012 and that doesn’t work for Lin. He’s committed to doing Fast Six in 2012.
One of the reasons Ellison and Schwarz want production to move fast and furiously (badum tish) is because of legality rights. Typical, boring, legal shit. Goes something a little like this:
“One of the caveats involved in the rights deal with Pacificor (which spent $29.5 million to win the rights in bankruptcy court) is that certain rights revert back to Cameron due to a stipulation in copyright law that if you assign your rights, you get them back in 35 years. Cameron assigned his rights to Hemdale (NOT the black guy from ‘Thor’), and the North American rights will revert back to him in 2018. Even that part of the story has gotten intriguing: While Cameron washed his hands of the Terminator franchise years ago, his close friend Schwarzenegger has dragged him into a brainstorming meeting or two, even though he is not officially involved.”
So, if they can’t get the Terminator back into a theaters before 2018, James Cameron will own the shit outta that cyborg’s organic ass (Again). That and Arnold will no longer be able to fit into his garter belt without a jar of grease and two days prep. Seems fair.
According to Deadline: all that’s been done so far is that Lin, Schwarzenegger, and Ellison have discussed the best way to approach another Terminator movie. They figure “a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet” would be a move in the right direction.
Well it’s a start, but holding out on us for another movie about fucking cars and Vin Diesels pecks!? Men and their cars, I’ll never understand it.
Via: Geek Tyrant