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Rights to franchise being auctioned off

02 November 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Financial Times

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Pssst! Mister! Wanna buy an unstoppable killing machine from the future? Barely used, not a mark on 'im, got a certificate of authenticity somewhere in me van. 'Course, you don't get none of his screen outin's to date; it'd only be for future films, like. Ahem. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Terminator rights are up for auction, and it's anyone's guess who  John Connor and his robot enemies will end up with.

Halcyon, the company that made Terminator Salvation, is putting the rights on the block this month, with every major studio having expressed an interest as well as smaller outfits like Summit, Platinum Equity and Media Rights Capital.

Sony Pictures, who distributed the latest film around the world (Warners had it in the US), are said to be leading contenders for the franchise, but if we've learned anything from daytime TV it's that auctions could go any which way.

A bigger question will be how much they go for. The last film didn't quite deliver the huge box-office that the makers undoubtedly hoped for, and the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles struggled for ratings and was cancelled after only two seasons (one of those abbreviated by the writer's strike). While there's undoubtedly affection for the franchise and loads of name recognition, it may be worth a little less now than it might have been a few years ago.


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RE: Wheedon's Terminator
L: Timon Apparantly Joss Wheedon wants it - news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8342203.stmote] I think it's pretty clear he's knocking the whole situation, rather than a real bid.  Mind you if it really were to be available for £6000.  We should freakin' buy it! More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 20:21 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wheedon's Terminator
Is that all he's bidding? Frak, maybe I should use my award money and buy the Terminator rights. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 18:58 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wheedon's Terminator
L: Timon Apparantly Joss Wheedon wants it - news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8342203.stmote]   Then who will he blame when it all goes wrong a la Alien: Ressurection.   More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 16:45 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wheedon's Terminator
I enjoyed Salvation. I think it brought back my interest in the franchise (I never enjoyed the Sarah Connor Chronicles and thought it was overrated. Get over it). But I don't see why the rights are being sold again. McG and co should hold onto the. Salvation was proof McG was a victim of bad source material with Charlie's Angels and selling the rights to Terminator again just seems like overkill. Having said that, if someone buys it, I hope Joss Whedon never gets his grubby geekcore hands More

Posted by cenaris at 15:43 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wheedon's Terminator
This idea worries me because I hated all those stupid vampire clips in Buffy. The computer imaging made them look like something from a silly horror movie and if they disappeared when she zapped them, exactly how dangerous were they. We want to keep T:SCC in it's original format without stupid computer graphics (apart from liquid metal of course). it could quite easily be turned in to a joke. More

Posted by KevinInScotland at 15:00 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wheedon's Terminator
Apparantly Joss Wheedon wants it - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8342203.stm More

Posted by Timon at 14:28 on 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: IT'LL BE BACK
So can we assume that anyone rumoured to have signed on for the next films (Bale, McG et al) are no longer officially involved?  That'd be a good thing in my opinion.    If I bought the franchise, I'd bring back the Sarah Connor Chronicles instead of making more films.  I think the film series has been ruined with parts 3 and 4 and I can't see a way that it can be revived successfully without a reboot - which I don't want either.  I'll discard Camero More

Posted by LEEJGM at 12:11 on 03 November 2009 | Report This Post

IT'LL BE BACK
I dont think it will be to long before some one snaps up the rights, theres at least another couple of movies left in the franchise, hopefully they'll pick up where Salvation left off. Personally, i enjoyed McG's effort quite a bit, it wasn't spectacular but it was just a pretty decent "popcorn" action movie, one that i couldn't really find any major faults with. More

Posted by natman_begins at 23:03 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

The Bidding War wound not be fought in the future, it would be fought in the present...tonight
James Cameron should buy the rights and give us the kick-ass finale to the series that everyone wants, just like Ridley Scott is returning to the Alien franchise. McG was never the right director for Terminator. Come on JC, give us the future war prequel we've been dying to see since 1984! More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:44 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I'd but that for a dollar !
As long as it ain't gonna be fibbed off to some tunnel-visioned director like Emmerich or Boll I'm not that bothered.............maybe More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:44 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

I'd but that for a dollar !
and make a packet More

Posted by durelius at 20:30 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

I quite enjoyed Terminator Salvation at the cinema and plan to give it a 2nd viewing very soon on DVD. It surprises even me to say - but I'd prefer McG and the creative team who were on that continue rather than more new blood. More

Posted by JediBobster at 17:24 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

i actuelly enjoyed salvation (despite the pointless title) thought it had a good feel, interesting plot and some explosive action! tht said i don't really knw if i want thm 2 carry it on. its may be time to just call it quits More

Posted by plum bob at 17:05 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

T4 was a letdown within itself. It started well but ran out of steam and died a horrible death - the "climactic" battle scene was non-existent. Looked as though the budget and original thought ran out half way through. It also didn't really pave a way for a further instalment so after the lacklustre 3rd and 4th attempts, another franchise bites the dust.... More

Posted by dunstabledoug at 14:49 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Very wise
I heard that T4 Salvation was not that good but my DVD (& T:SCC s2) is on it's way, so I will study it carefully (without too much sound effects) and decide for myself. I have said this before but I will say it again, I do our local euromillions and the jackpot has risen to amazing £125m - yes that much Have a go yourself and we will buy all the actors - in fact everything (USD 205,613,750) http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/help/abouteu romillions.ftl Apart from that, More

Posted by KevinInScotland at 14:34 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Very wise
Hardly a surprise given how indescribably awful Salvation was. Seriously if I ever meet McG in the street... More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 14:27 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

This is how it's gonna go down
A small unknown company called skynet is gonna buy it and all hell will break loose!! Helloo judgment day!!! More

Posted by Moronifighter at 14:16 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

I'll take it off yer 'ands for a quid! More

Posted by Workshed at 13:09 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sell it to the man
You can't sell what you don't own...$1 or not (by your own admission, he owned it) More

Posted by tolkienerd at 12:29 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sell it to the man
James Cameron never owned the rights for Terminator, he sold it for a dollar to Gale Anne Hurd in 1983. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 12:22 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Sell it to the man
It would be nice if James Cameron could re-acquire the rights (he did create it afterall). A new sequel written by the man himself (ignoring all guises after T2 as being non-canon) would surely be box office fodder! More

Posted by tolkienerd at 10:51 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Sell it to the man
It would be nice if James Cameron could re-acquire the rights (he did create it afterall). A new sequel written by the man himself (ignoring all guises after T2 as being non-canon) would surely be box office fodder! More

Posted by tolkienerd at 10:49 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Am I the only one that really hopes that Josh Friedman picks it up again so they can kickstart The Sarah Connor Chronicles again? More

Posted by artilleryman at 10:49 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

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