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Can the original leader steer his sequels to safety?

admin 26-Jan-2017

Can the original leader  steer his sequels to safety?

Terminator goes back to James Cameron in 2019
It’s almost always nerve wrecking when a movie we love transitions into the sequel/prequel phase. Usually what sets one as above and beyond others is the very striking and winning combo of a range of factors- be it the acting, the plot, the enactments, the cinematography and above all- the clear and winning vision of the director. He is the commander in chief who directs the film to its ultimate fate and once he has managed to ring in the cheers, there’s the looming pressure whether he will ever be able to work the same magic again?  
Hollywood has managed to bring out some of the most spectacular blockbusters throughout the years. They brought forth a cult-following and it’s no surprise that many of these titles had a range of sequels and reboots to their name so to keep the fans on the edge of their seats, which usually was a wishful thinking and many doomed even before they went on the path to make history. One such name that comes to our minds is ‘Terminator’. The James Cameron directed and Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer brought an era of machines vs man; it was endearing, it was brutal and it was a winning title. However when James Cameron exited as the director and writer after the first two parts, it pretty much went downhill from there. Proving it’s only the original captain of the ship you can steer the boat away from rocky edges, good news has finally come!
James Cameron is engaged in early talks to return to his Terminator franchise, not as a director, but in a godfather role for Deadpool’s Tim Miller, who would direct a “reboot and conclusion” to the franchise.This is interesting news, but should also be taken with a grain of salt. Cameron only regains some of the rights to Terminator in 2019, and quite honestly a lot can happen in the film industry in two years. Cameron is currently working on a four sequels to 2009’s Avatar, which are expected to come out between 2018 and 2023, while Miller could easily pick up a different project between now and then. Cameron who has created some of the best science fiction films including Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Avatar, knows how to work around his grown concepts and understands the genre and what works and what doesn’t.  Movie buff and computer science student, Jamal Khalid shared with Weekender, “James lack of involvement in films like Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation shows that he did contribute a bit to Terminator Genysis and its press cycle. While I am looking forward to what new or what familiar will be bring back to the table, directors who return to reboot a beloved franchise has its own troubled history like George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy is a frequent punching bag, but still there are high hopes, especially when it comes to fans like us who want the original team to bring back the magic.”