James Cameron pauses writing new Terminator film, waits for AI

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James Cameron has reportedly begun work on a return to his once-iconic Terminator franchise, but is waiting to see how real-world tech develops. 

According to Dark Horizons and Rod Mercado on Twitter, James Cameron has begun the writing process that could lead to the next film in the Terminator franchise. The outlet referenced an appearance that Cameron made recently at a Dell Technologies conference where he reportedly revealed that he began the writing process on the next film some three months ago, but paused because he wants to see how artificial intelligence plays out in the real world before he finishes.

The story hasn’t been covered widely elsewhere, and given Cameron’s commitment to several Avatar sequels for 20th Century Studios, we don’t imagine that a new Terminator film is coming anytime soon. The reveal also raises an older question of where the rights to the series will lie in the future as a couple of years back, Cameron and producer Gale Ann Hurd were reported to be looking to reclaim them under the copyright reversion act.

Cameron is said to have stated that he’s paused work on the screenplay to see how artificial intelligence ‘shakes out’ in the real world. The filmmaker has previously gone on record to state that he things the emerging technology has already advanced too far, so we’re guessing that whatever his story idea for a new Terminator film might be, it won’t have a happy ending. Or beginning or middle for that matter.

Given Terminator: Dark Fate's well, dark fate when Tim Miller’s movie disappointed upon release in 2019 and lost money at the box office, we can’t see Cameron being keen to hand over the directorial reins to another filmmaker again and so any new Terminator project may just remain as a thought experiment that lives inside James Cameron’s head, for the time being at least.

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