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Sony’s After The Terminator Rights
The war for the machines has been joined

05 February 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Looks like Lionsgate has a little competition for the rights to the Terminator franchise, in the form of Sony Pictures.

While the studio has apparently refused to confirm its interest to Variety directly, sources are saying that the company lodged a bid with current owners Halcyon Group late on Thursday, the last day that offers could be accepted.

Lionsgate had already plunked down its own offering of $15 million and 5% of gross future receipts, and there’s no word on whether Sony has outbid them. Should Lionsgate lose, it’s guaranteed $750,000 under a breakup contract.

It’s not really that surprising that Sony would enter the fray. The studio partnered with Warners on Terminator Salvation and saw that film earn decent money overseas.

The auction will be held on Monday in Los Angeles and we just know you’re all waiting with bated breath to see who wins out. Right? Stop yawning!


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Your Comments

Big Jim
15 mil, seams reasonable to me. Perhaps this is your chance Mr. Cameron to buy back the rights to your brain-child. Sure you sold it for $1.00 but 15 million is not too much given the profit coming in off Avatar. Then you can continue the story (in 3D of course) or let it rest once and for all. More

Posted by Michael Cobrador at 21:02 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Big Jim
15 mil, seams reasonable to me. Perhaps this is your chance Mr. Cameron to buy back the rights to your brain-child. Sure you sold it for $1.00 but 15 million is not too much given the profit coming in off Avatar. Then you can continue the story (in 3D of course) or let it rest once and for all. More

Posted by Michael Cobrador at 20:52 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

I vote all the fans put some money together, buy the rights, then lock up the papers far away from any studio attempting to try a reboot, sequel or spinoff. More

Posted by erebus2218 at 15:33 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

All we need is...
A return to the violent and expletive filled terminator and terminator 2. The next film has to be a 15 or 18 for me to be happy. More

Posted by jimsmells at 14:55 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Whatever happens, the next film will be in gimmicky 3D for sure. Fine for the Universal Studios ride but not for this. Terminator Salvation's story was bland as hell - the TV series had better plotlines every week and it didn't need Arnie to work. More

Posted by granny at 14:00 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

cameron never showed the full horror of judgement day cos he didn't need to. the action of the franchise has to set in the present as the soldiers or cyborgs of the future come back to shoot and blow shit up. that's the USP of the 'terminator' films an the tv show. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:17 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

hmmm
The first 25 minutes of Salvation was great. It was just a bit downhill from there on.... I'm not sure there's a great deal more to wring out of the story... More

Posted by mrwinky99 at 11:46 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

Terminator 5: World War
Go, Sony, Go! Only they can deliver the gigantic budgets necessary to do justice to the Terminator franchise. T5 has to be the all-out future holocaust we've been waiting for since 1984. Show us the death camps where humans are laser-scanned by the machines, show John Connor leading the revolt and show us how SkyNet gets its final comeuppance. Get Arnold back in it too and you're really onto a winner. No excuses this time. GO FOR IT! More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:29 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

:-/
Oh please don't say "re-boot", "re-imagining", or any other derivative. T:S wasn't perfect but it has set the stage for some interesting plot and character development. More

Posted by Doctor AlterRed at 09:59 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

:-/
Oh please don't say "re-boot", "re-imagining", or any other derivative. T:S wasn't perfect but it has set the stage for some interesting plot and character development. More

Posted by Doctor AlterRed at 09:51 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

THE OBVIOUS!
When are we going to admit it? Not everyone understands SCI-FI and fantasy, even those who analyse the crap out of genres/film structure. Yes - it creates great entertainment, but to be truly magnificent in this area you really have to know what it is. As great as they are some well renowned ‘drama’ directors could not cope or make a great sci-fi or fantasy movie. Just as actor can’t play every part, a director can’t make every genre. To take on Terminator, the production More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 09:51 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

:-/
Oh please don't say "re-boot", "re-imagining", or any other derivative. T:S wasn't perfect but it has set the stage for some interesting plot and character development. More

Posted by Doctor AlterRed at 09:49 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

But... he just said, Sony had a hand in Salvation!
Surely that sets alarm bells ringing! More

Posted by captainamazing at 09:39 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

I think Sony would be the safer option. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 09:27 on 05 February 2010 | Report This Post

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