One thing everybody knows about Terminators: They always keep coming, no matter what you do. But the next installment of Skynet's plan to destroy humanity will come in a surprising form: a PG-13 animated sequel to the original Terminator.
As we've mentioned a bunch lately, the movie rights to Terminator have been tied up in legal wrangling for a while now, with Pacificor wresting them away from Halcyon Entertainment. But now it sounds like a completely different entity has managed to wrangle the rights to make a Terminator film: Hannover House, whose CEO distributed the first Terminator back in 1984. Somehow, Hannover has figured out how to make a film that uses only concepts and ideas from that first movie, ignoring all the sequels and the television show, but Pacificor still needs to approve. This film will be PG-13, and made in 3-D for about $70 million, and it's at least plausible that Arnold Schwarzenegger might come back and provide a few bits of voiceover work for the T-800.
In case you're suddenly filled with hope that this film will restore the Terminator series to its former greatness, let's just mention that this new sequel will be called Terminator 3000. Here's the text of Hannover House's press release:
Hannover House, the entertainment distribution division of Target Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TDGI) (www.HannoverHouse.com), has entered into a feature film development venture with Vancouver-based Red Bear Entertainment, for "Terminator 3000," envisioned as a $70-million dollar budgeted, 3-D animated feature film based on the characters and situations introduced in the original "Terminator" feature. Hannover House C.E.O. Eric Parkinson previously served as C.E.O. of Hemdale Home Video, Inc. and Hemdale Communications, Inc., and handled the distribution of the original "Terminator" feature.
Story details for "Terminator 3000" are being kept under close wraps, but the writers and production team have a stated goal of minimizing violence in order to obtain a PG-13 level of material.
Hemdale produced and distributed director James Cameron's original "Terminator" feature, but released the sequel rights in 1990 to Carolco, which later transferred the rights to ultimately end up under the control of Halcyon Media. Santa Barbara based Pacificor, LLC prevailed in the most recent auction and transfer of rights to the franchise in January, and retains approval and licensing authority over the proposed "Terminator 3000" project.
Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment will release details of the production timing, financing and principal production personnel later this year, in advance of a proposed January, 2011 start.