There are a few moments in my life that I would consider
landmark incidents. Incidents that had an enormous amount of influence on what
I have become. Some parts about our lives are built into us (like when we enter
the pooja room, we automatically remove our foot wear before entering a temple)
but others we learn after having an experience (like when we see a cybernetic
organism understand the concept of pain).
I had one of those latter things, when I was in my high
school and I had an opportunity to watch Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Back then,
my English was pretty good (even in high school, I was already the best speaker
in the class) and hence could make out much of what was happening on screen
with Hollywood movies. In the 2 and half hours it took for the movie to start
and end, my life had changed permanently. James Cameron, I knew then and there,
would remain the most admired filmmaker in my life. Cameron paved the way for
my movie habit, and today, I am something of a movie buff.
The tricky part is, After T2, Cameron moved on. I went back
and watched T1 (which was almost as good as T2) and watched all of his other
movies as well (like Abyss, and the super awesome Aliens). Over the years, I
have come to enjoy all of his movies, with the exception of Titanic. Like any
other young man, I enjoyed watching the full breasts of Kate Winslet many times
over, but the ending was just too illogical and stupid for me. And this was
back when I still a kid. I kept thinking, why did Leo and Kate just switch
places every few minutes and keep each other warm? Then, I forget about the
stupidity of it all, and rewind back to the point where Winslet slips into her
Then, Cameron finally made Avatar and I was like, whoa! I
must have watched the trailer like a 1000 times, and then movie itself like
some 30 times in the theatre. To summarize, Cameron is by far the greatest
story teller in the world. Sure, I like other film makers. Michael Bay for his
explosions. Nolan for his multi-level storytelling and making Batman totally
cool, but also extremely sad. Tim Burton for covering everybody in white paint,
and turning things gothic. Still, despite making movies less regularly than
these directors, I continue to remain a big fan of Cameron.
That brings us to the main topic. James Cameron gave up the
Terminator rights after T2. Personally, I think he had milked that concept as
much as he could. T2 already had more than enough plot holes, but the rest of
the things (incredible special effects, meaningful character development, and
deep thought evoking scenes) took care of things. I have watched and enjoyed
the remaining terminator movies (T3, Salvation and the hilariously bad Genesis)
but T1 and T2 is what I think is proper canon. The remaining movies are like, cashing
in on already cashed cheque.
Now, Cameron has announced that he is getting involved. Of
course, right now Cameron is busy making 1000 sequels to Avatar, so he won’t
have time to direct or even write the next Terminator. However, he has chosen
to work the director of Deadpool, which is good. At best, Cameron might give a story
Idea, and Cameron always gives a full story. He is not one of those ‘franchise’
guys. He always gives a proper narrative, like most old school story tellers.
That is why I am very excited for this possibility of a new Terminator movie.
Another possibility is the Cameron won’t try to squeeze in
Arnold into the script. Despite being pretty old in Genesis, Arnold did his
best. It was the shoddy story, poor narrative and endless plot holes that really
ruined the movie. I would say, despite the old age, it was actually Arnold
which kept the movie together and made it enjoyable to me. However, Cameron
will do the smart thing and keep Arnold out of it because, after the silliness
of T3, Salvation and Genisys, I can no longer take Arnold seriously. Although
Cameron can make some pretty silly stories, he ensures that there is some
gravitas to everything. So yeah, I think Arnold will be kept out. Perhaps some
sort of cameo would be cool, but that would be expecting too much.
Considering Cameron never works against a deadline (he has
been making sequels to Avatar since 2009 and always moves the released date,
even after an official release date is announced) so the new Terminator movie
might only come around 2022 or 2023. Hopefully, I will still be a movie buff,
and still watch it.