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T5 finding a new home?

05.14.2009

TERMINATOR SALVATION hasn't even hit theaters yet and already there's some drama about that film's follow-up. All parties involved - including director McG and star Christian Bale - are planning on a fifth TERMINATOR movie but there's a very realistic possibility that it won't be at Warner Bros., the studio that put SALVATION together. MGM won first right of refusal on TERMINATOR distribution rights in a lawsuit when they tried to block the distribution of SALVATION by WB and Sony. MGM believed they had the rights to distribute the TERMINATOR film based on their acquisition of the bankrupt Orion, who distributed the first TERMINATOR film but they passed on developing a fourth TERMINATOR film (at the time no talent was involved and all they had was a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, which was heavily rewritten for SALVATION).

This may all seem head-spinningly complex but the long and short of it is that the current storyline of the TERMINATOR franchise wouldn't be where it's at today without Warner Bros. bringing in McG, Christian Bale, Jonah Nolan, et. al. If it moves to MGM, who may not have enough money to spend as a big studio like WB would, what does that mean for the fifth installment? Will it look more like this? Or is it a simple business decision that won't impact the quality of the film at all and no one will even notice (except nerds like me)?

Source: Variety

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6:43PM on 05/14/2009
Your extra tidbit for this report should have been: "Do you guys even care?"
Your extra tidbit for this report should have been: "Do you guys even care?"
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6:04PM on 05/14/2009
If WB and Sony have distribution rights for T4 and MGM is owned by Sony, what's the issue here?
If WB and Sony have distribution rights for T4 and MGM is owned by Sony, what's the issue here?
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10:48AM on 05/14/2009

GOOD!!!!!

Im glad to hear that the franchise might go to a company that has some BALLS! Fox and WB try to put their hands into the making of their movies WAY TOO MUCH!

maybe we can get back to R rated action movies with MGM at the helm, and not kid friendly robot movies with half the movie being chopped out, leaving the movie feeling like a cartoon with no point, just a bunch of footage with a audience-familiar concept that takes money directly from their wallets with no remorse
Im glad to hear that the franchise might go to a company that has some BALLS! Fox and WB try to put their hands into the making of their movies WAY TOO MUCH!

maybe we can get back to R rated action movies with MGM at the helm, and not kid friendly robot movies with half the movie being chopped out, leaving the movie feeling like a cartoon with no point, just a bunch of footage with a audience-familiar concept that takes money directly from their wallets with no remorse
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10:23AM on 05/14/2009
Maybe now that everything is "different" a la Star Trek, McG is free to do a reinvention of the first movie. If he has the rights to the names alone, Terminator, Kyle Reese, John and Sarah Conner we could be looking at a 1984 redux. It'll leave the new franchise open to whatever way they want to interpret it. With a movie so heavily based on time travel it practically writes itself.
Maybe now that everything is "different" a la Star Trek, McG is free to do a reinvention of the first movie. If he has the rights to the names alone, Terminator, Kyle Reese, John and Sarah Conner we could be looking at a 1984 redux. It'll leave the new franchise open to whatever way they want to interpret it. With a movie so heavily based on time travel it practically writes itself.
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10:06AM on 05/14/2009
I was also wondering about T3. I guess they saw how the FOX/WB Watchmen suit went and figured they could get their hands on some cash without doing anything.
I was also wondering about T3. I guess they saw how the FOX/WB Watchmen suit went and figured they could get their hands on some cash without doing anything.
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9:42AM on 05/14/2009
Did they try to block T3? One would think, since WB distributed that one, too.

Well, maybe MGM just needs money, since they aren't exactly FOX.
Did they try to block T3? One would think, since WB distributed that one, too.

Well, maybe MGM just needs money, since they aren't exactly FOX.
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