It looks as if another franchise could end up being a victim to the economic recession. The rights to the lucrative Terminator movie series are up for sale yet again. The LA Times reports Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, who acquired the science-fiction franchise in 2007 for $25 million and produced Terminator: Salvation, are looking to sell the rights as they work through a Chapter 11 reorganization.
But fans shouldn’t get too worried about never seeing their favorite Terminator model on the silver screen again. There’s a long history of franchise rights changing hands over the years.
At the time of release in 1984, production company Hemdale Films owned a 50% interest and director James Cameron sold the other half to producer Gale Anne Hurd for $1. Carolco Pictures, owned by producers Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, bought Hemdale’s stake in 1990 for $10 million, but filed for bankruptcy in 1997.
Kassar and Vajna then created C2 Pictures, which bought their old company’s stake for $8 million and the remaining 50% from Hurd for $7 million. In 2007, Kassar and Vajna sold the rights to current owners, Anderson and Kubicek.
No word yet on how the potential sale will effect Terminator 5 and 6, which Terminator: Salvation director McG is working on, but if box office receipts and ownership history are any indication of what the future might hold, the potential owner is sure to find some way to keep the story going.
This week on The Flickcast, Chris, Matt and Christina discuss a whole slew of new topics and revisit a few old ones. Some of the things they cover in this episode include Green Hornet casting news, Steven Spielberg’s next movie, the somewhat surprising performance of G.I. Joe, Terminator 5 news, Tim Roth playing Abomination in two other movies, the death of John Hughes and a whole lot more.
The trio also makes some great picks this week with Christina’s choice of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in honor of John Hughes, Matt’s choice of Running Scared starring Paul Walker and Chris’ favorite comic book Blackest Night, written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis.
Last, but certainly not least, in honor of the 20th episode, the team announced a cool contest for all the listeners of the show. So, be sure to listen to this week’s episode and then check back right here later today for all the details on how you can win some great prizes!
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With the corpse of his former show, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, barely even cold, Brian Austin Green has already moved on. According to TV Guide, the former Beverly Hills 90210 star will take up residence in a new, probably far-less glamorous, zip code: Smallville.
Green will join the show next season for at least two episodes as, oddly enough given his last TV gig playing someone who killed cyborgs, t, the kryptonite-powered cyborg Metallo. Green will, of course, also appear as Metallo’s alter-ego, Daily Planet reporter John Corben. No word on if the actor’s role will be expanded beyond the initial episodes. Guess that depends on the ratings.
Actually, I’m kinda glad Green is getting more acting gigs. His work on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was actually pretty good and went a long way to help me forget David Silver. Who knows, if there ends up being another Terminator feature film (and there probably will) perhaps we’ll see Green pop up in that one as well? He seems to like cyborgs so anything’s possible.
The ninth, and presumably last, season of Smallville premieres Friday, September 25th on The CW.
In honor of this weekend’s theatrical release of the fourth film in the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Salvation, we bring you the mother of all fan films about robots killing each other. This video made it’s way around the net a few years ago, and even spawned a few sequels and parodies, but this is the original, mashing up just about every piece of footage from both franchises.
If you stick around, there’s even a surprise guest towards the end. Try to ignore the French subtitles and enjoy!
Before you sit down in that dark theater this weekend to see Terminator: Salvation, if you are a fan of the Terminator franchise, this movie is not for you. The very first words out of my mouth after walking out of the theater were “This was a terrible Terminator movie, but a pretty good Transformers movie.” Truer words haven’t been said abut this film. We at The Flickcast had our doubts about this film, between Bale’s outburst on set and McG slowly stepping out of the limelight, but none of us expected the film to be this bad.
Even going into this without expectations, it’s pretty hard to salvage a good movie from the two hours or so you’re in the theater. With bad accents and love story subplots, this movie forces fans of the franchise into a blinding rage by the time the credits role. I had the luck of being in a packed house with fans who were hooting and screaming when the first titles came on the screen. Their demeanor changed pretty quickly as the movie went on.
What makes this film a better Transformers film than a Terminator film? How about the complete lack of anything “time travel”. It’s understood in Terminator canon that they don’t find a time travel device until the fall of SkyNet, but how can you continue a franchise and not even address one of it’s biggest plot points? That would be like making a sequel to Back to the Future all about how peaceful and trouble free the McFly’s are in 1996. The closest they came to this plot point was the voice of Sarah Connor on a tape recorder giving John instructions from the past (not Linda Hamilton, by the way).
Sure, you could wait until this Friday to see Terminator: Salvation, the latest film in the Terminator saga. You could also ignore the other clips and bits of info we’ve shown you in the past about the film and just go in cold. But really, what fun would that be?
Instead, why not take a look at another clip from the film, courtesy of MTV’s Movie’s Blog, featuring Sam Worthinton and Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin as Marcus Wright and the young Kyle Reese.
This clips has a bit of cool Terminator action as well as a line of dialog you may be familiar with — that is if you’ve ever seen any other Terminator films. Of course, if you haven’t seen any other Terminator films, you’re probably not reading this right now. For better or worse, Terminator: Salvation opens this Friday. Meantime, enjoy this clip. . . or not.
Not many know that Terminator: Salvation hitting theaters in less than a month isn’t just another tale in the legend of John Connor, but hopefully the starting point of a whole new cinematic trilogy. The director of the film[s] (and regular persona-non-grata in the fan community), McG recently sounded off in an interview with Film Journal on his thoughts for a sequel, which will count as the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, and probably the most confusing: (Possible Spoilers)
I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011. John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than [just] one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome. I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves.
While this is great news for anybody who was a fan of Robert Patrick in T2, this doesn’t sound like very good news for fans of the franchise, or even coherent time-travel stories. This throws out the Terminator rule that “only living flesh can be sent back in time”, which is why we got gratuitous Arnold butt-shots back in the 80s. If one were to break down McG’s statement, there are plenty more holes in our Terminator universe. So does this mean he’s just messing with our heads in an attempt to be hip? And where is Summer Glau??
At The Flickcast, we like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and hope it gets a new season. Fortunately, if info in a recent posting over at Ain’t It Cool News is to be believed, the fate of Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is still up in the air. With Fox playing the “wait until the upfronts on May 18th” card, internet rumors and EW reporter Michael Ausiello citing sources who say “consider it canceled” nobody seems to have told series producer Ashley Edward Miller the bad news.
Miller, who’s been vocal on Twitter about the show and Ausiello, had this to say about the cancellation issue: “Time for Ausiello’s semi-annual SCC termination report. False again. (Remember ‘sets were destroyed’ report? Now you know context, people).”
So, is the show really canceled or is this some sort of ploy by Fox to generate sympathy and a renewed interest in a show who’s season finale was only able to garner 3.6 million viewers? Time will tell but if Fox’s past track record with underperformong shows is an indication, I wouldn’t expect any kind of last-minute stay of execution for the show.
Previously on The Flickcast, your talkative trio discussed topics such as the X-Men Origins: Wolverine scandal, the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and the record breaking series finale of ER.
This week, the team is back with an all-new episode and this time around they take on topics such as the remake of campy horror classic Piranha and the casting of Elizabeth Shue in a lead role, the sad performance of the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season finale and who should not play Captain America in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America.
The team also makes some more pics for your viewing and reading pleasure including Doubt, featuring Kate Winslett and Amy Adams, Observe and Report, with Seth Rogen, Y: The Last Man, a great comic book written by Lost writer/producer Brian K. Vaughn and drawn by Pia Guerra and Clint Eastwood’s most recent filmGran Torino.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques or offers of sponsorship, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter or via email. Thanks for listening.
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