Terminator Franchise Rights Up For Grabs

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Somebody over at The Halcyon Co. should’ve been listening when Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor told us that the future isn’t certain in Terminator 2. Just a few months ago, a sequel to Terminator Salvation was all but guaranteed; then came the lawsuits between Halcyon (owner of the Terminator franchise rights) and Pacificor, the hedge-fund that sponsored Halcyon’s purchase of the Terminator rights.

Now, it seems that The Halcyon Co. (headed by Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek) is so far in the red – between Terminator Salvation‘s underwhelming returns at the box office, the venture capital needed to buy the franchise rights and alleged manipulations by Pacificor to ensure Halcyon’s financial ruin – that the company is reportedly looking to sell off the Terminator rights to make a buck.

If you want to read details of The Halcyon Co.’s financial quagmire, go here. If you want to know about the convoluted history of the Terminator franchise rights, go here.

When word of this Halcyon/Pacificor legal battle emerged back in August, we here at Screen Rant wondered what kind of effect the legal fallout would have on Terminator 5, which Salvation director McG was already prepping. Now that this new report has surfaced, it seems that Sarah Connor’s prophetic words of “No Fate” are coming to pass; until the rights to the Terminator franchise are secure in SOMEBODY’s hands, whatever time-traveling, future-warring plans there may have been should be considered wiped clean off the slate.

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I for one am indifferent about all this: after I heard McG’s plans for Terminator 5 (hint: abandoning the future war storyline and returning to the present), I was like “I could live happily without that film EVER being made.” So, if the franchise rights DO get pushed out into the open market, I just pray that whoever snags them has a better plan in mind than Halcyon and McG did. I was NOT a fan of Terminator Salvation and was fearful that the franchise was well on the way to having whatever past greatness it had strangled out of it.

What do you think of these latest developments in the war over the Terminator franchise? Do you see an opportunity here, or should this franchise put set back on the shelf until (inevitably, if current trends are any indication) it’s time for a remake/reboot of Cameron’s vision?

Source: Film Junk

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  1. @ the old man

    I can direct my comments at anyone I want to. If you don’t want to read it, don’t read it, doesn’t mean I “HAVE” to do anything just because you said so or you asked me to. Good luck with that! lol


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  2. Guys, that’s enough, and Ken J, stop stoking the fire.



  3. @Vic

    Yah I know, just don’t want him to get the idea that he can start telling people what they can and cannot do. :-) The only people who can tell me what to do are my employers, well, you while I’m on here since you run this site, and… hopefully no girl I’m about to date will read this or they’ll take advantage, but any girl I happen to be dating. Yah, I’m whipped… 😀

  4. @Vic and anyone else who’s reading. I would like to make it clear that I’m NOT trying to tell anyone what they have to do! I’m saying this is what I’m going to do and I must say it fells good to have said it. Thanks for letting me get it off my chest…

  5. I guess im the only one who thought t4 was good, and im a seriously difficult fan to impress. i mean i didnt get excited about christian bale being in it, but everyone else rocked it. and the story made sense and was dramatic and rolled on without getting stuck or jettisoning the plot.
    my worry about their losing the rights is it might take too many years before a reboot becomes viable. And that means they will likely lose any heat behind the project

  6. I didn’t hate it, I just thought many things could have been done differently. I enjoyed Sam and yelchin in their roles and enjoyed it because it was a terminator movie. Just needed a better script and more terminators.

  7. Has anyone else been noticing that tempers are really flaring these days? Is it because the magnetic poles are shifting or something? Let’s all get in our happy places. WooSah!😛

  8. @Allen

    I didn’t hate T4 either. I thought Sam Worthington did quite well in it. And I liked the action scenes, but the story didn’t really make much sense, and in my opinion, it didn’t really fit into the whole Terminator universe set by T1 and T2. While T1 was an action B-movie, T2 was a very serious action-drama, and I was hoping for some of that, but this one was more just a sci-fi action movie… I enjoyed it, but it’ll be hard to argue that it was actually written well, because it wasn’t…

  9. @John

    Haha, 2012!! lol. Yah, I don’t know what’s going on really, and don’t look at me, my temper never even twitched, I honestly thought all of that mess up there was funny, haha.

  10. Ken

    t1 was no b movie, not even for the action. Have you lost it mon?

  11. I’m actually shocked and hurt that you said that Ken!!!!

  12. It was an independent film, maybe that’s why he’s calling it a B movie.

  13. @M-Cat

    Actually, technically it was a B-movie, it was made independently on a small budget. The definition of a B-movie. But that’s not saying it isn’t good, in fact, it turned out to be one of the greatest action films of all time, and that’s thanks to James Cameron that can take a low budget movie and make it golden. That’s why T2 had a much bigger budget! Well, that and Aliens, haha. I’m not dissing T1, I loved that movie, one of my top 5 easily.

  14. Ken have to disagree as “Terminator” was a decent size action film for its day.
    It had some major production players, up and coming actors, top notch direction and special effects.

    If you were to look at all sci-fi genre films in that time (1984), you would see that they all have a B movie quality to them compared to todays films… Its all a matter of cinema timeline perspective……..

  15. I guess it was its small box office opening that made me think it was a low budget B-movie…

  16. I want Josh Brolin, Ray Stevenson, Jeremy Renner to be good robots in the Terminater 5 movie.