Update: According to Deadline Pacificor has sent a cease and desist letter to Hannover House as they haven’t approved the movie.
Earlier this year Santa Barbara hedge fund Pacificor won the rights to the Terminator franchise at auction after beating the likes of Lionsgate and Sony. As Pacificor has no experience with making movies they began talks with both Sony and Lionsgate to see if they could continue the franchise. Eventually those talks fell apart, and Pacificor began looking elsewhere.
Now Hannover House (who produced and distributed the original Terminator) has entered into a development venture with Red Bear Entertainment to make Terminator 3000, a $70 million 3D animated film based on the characters and situations introduced in the first Terminator film.
If this potential straight-to-DVD flick excites you then read more details from ComingSoon below:
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.
Suddenly McG’s original Terminator 5 plan to have John Connor battling machines in a modern day 2011 doesn’t seem that bad.
Obviously when they get a creative team involved we can see where this is heading, but the current idea just seems like a cash grab and it’s a shame to see the once great franchise reduced to that.
Do you want to see a 3D animated Terminator movie? Or would you prefer a reboot, sequel or franchise death?