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16 August 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Coming Soon

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While the rights to live action Terminator films still being tossed around like the gift in a game of Pass the Parcel and seemingly no closer to someone actually making a new movie, the time was right for someone to sneak in and come up with… a cartoon version?

It’s true: a company called Hannover House lobbied Terminator rights holders Pacificor to allow it to start developing a $70-million 3D animated movie revolving around Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese and Cyborg Arnie himself called Terminator 3000. You won’t be surprised to learn that Hannover CEO Eric Parkinson used to run Hemdale Home Video, part of the company that distributed James Cameron’s original outing.

With Red Bear Entertainment on board to help produce the thing, the companies sent out a press release stating that they want to minimize violence to make sure they get a PG-13 rating. Because that worked out so well for McG in terms of endearing him to the Terminator faithful.

Little else is known about the project, and certainly not what story they intend to tell. Why don’t they just go the whole hog and insert a scene at the end where the Terminator teaches some kids a lesson in responsible computer ownership, complete with cheesy cyborg animal sidekick and a joke at the end where everyone laughs?

Okay, pushing down the cynical bile for a second, perhaps the future of the franchise is in animation – you can certainly portray the war against the machines with more scope in the medium. We’re still not convinced, but we’ll be watching to see what develops on this one.

Meanwhile, that sound you hear is James Cameron spending a tiny fraction of his Avatar earnings to buy himself a grave to start spinning in during his free time.

Update! Looks like things weren't as clear or as sorted as Hannover House thought: Pacificor sent them a cease and desist letter claiming that they didn't have the correct rights and must not go ahead with Terminator 3000.

Now, according to Deadline, Parkinson is setting a meeting with them to argue his proprietary rights case: "We've arranged a meeting, we'll show them our money and if the rational brain prevails, they'll take the deal. If not, I can't do it without them. I hope they will can think outside the box, because if we can make a movie that delivers a $20 million to $30 million rights payment, that is an income source they didn't realize was possible. If not, it was a good idea anyway." This one will keep bubbling...


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Dead
the franchise maybe dead on big screen so this could be good alternative. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:16 on 17 August 2010 | Report This Post

Might actually be a good idea...
If it's done right this could be the way forward. Wrinkles and pot bellies don't matter for voice work do they? So all the original cast members could still play their characters. Even a strung-out Edward Furlong would be acceptable in this context... More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 16:33 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

i (won't) be back
to see this one. it's like bloody Star Wars on BluRay! loads of money to the marketing men and too little reward for the movie goer. let's have new stories, new ideas. fed up of comic book/remake/reboot/reimagining bollocks. all it does is just clog up the cinemas and not let good stuff get made. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 16:26 on 16 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What a shame
So this company spent a 'shitload' of money in a bidding war to give us this.Fuck You Assholes' More

Posted by Ghidorah at 19:52 on 15 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What a shame
Can't Hollywood leave anything alone? Haven't they got any new ideas? More

Posted by theieuan at 12:12 on 13 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: no no no no no no no no no no no no no!!!
Oh welL. I suppose buying the rights meant that this had to happen. Although the PG-13 rated Sarah Conner Chronicles actully became a really good tv show. So there is hope yet. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:36 on 13 August 2010 | Report This Post

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