For Sale: The Terminator Franchise *Updated*
UPDATE – February 09 2010 – We have a buyer!
Get the inside info from Deadline Hollywood!
What would you do with Terminator?
Firstly, let me say that im aware that this story broke a few weeks back – ive been unable to post for a variety of rather dull reasons that i won’t bore you with here.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand – and it seems that the Terminator franchise is up for sale again. If you have a spare $60m lying around then i would say that it could be a seriously good investment (i could probably stretch to a £100 or so). The maths seem to be relatively simple, even for a dunce like me:
Terminator Salvation -
- Total production costs = $200m
- Total worldwide gross = $371m
- Profit = $171m
Thats before the DVD versions have even been released. Not too shabby im sure you’ll agree.
You can read about all the legal shenanigans behind the rights over at the original LA Times article.
The big question is for the new owners though is – what the chuff do we do with this franchise? It obviously has a huge fanbase, there are literally millions of Terminator devotees out there. But where do we go after Salvation?, which although it had a lukewarm critical reception to say the least, has proved to be a box-office success. We wish any of the new owners luck with their decision – meanwhile i think ill leave the final word to The Guardian who pretty much summed up my feelings on the matter:
Give us a relentless Terminator destroying everything in its path in order to track down and eliminate a hero or heroine we actually care about, and the chances are we’ll flock to see the movie.
What would you do if you controlled the Terminator franchise? Sack McG? Do everything to get Arnie back on board? Bring back Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick? or do a Re-Boot of the Re-Boot? Let us know you’re thoughts. IGN have some pretty interesting thoughts on all this…………