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'Terminator' Rights Up for Sale

This has been coming for a while, but it's now official: Terminator is on the market, so if you had your eye on buying some movie rights and the MGM catalog is too rich for your blood, you might want to to consider making the next (and probably last) two movies in this legendary sci-fi series.

The reasons why this property is available stem from producers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek filing for bankruptcy less than two years after purchasing these rights and less than four months after Terminator Salvation was released. The producers claim that Terminator is worth about $60 million, but this one is probably priced to move because of the bankruptcy.

Unlike nearly every other profitable movie franchise, each film in the Terminator series has had a completely different ownership stake and structure. I won't bore you with the rest of the financial details, but you can find out more at The Los Angeles Times if you're really interested.

What might be of more importance to you is where the John Connor story might wind up next. The Times says Sony might have the inside track, because it recently handled the international distribution for Salvation. Another reason might be Sony's limited number of tentpoles. Looking at the last three years, the biggest hits were Spidey 3, Hancock, Bond (which is a co-production with MGM), the two Dan Brown movies, and Paul Blart. Four of those are really, really big movies. So that's about one really, really big movie every eight months.

Of course, there's no guarantee audiences will respond to Terminator 5 any more than they did T4, which might lower the price of the rights, if not the intrinsic value of the property.

Reader Comments (6)

i really wish Sony buys the rights and hires a good writer to restore its pride

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasios-Antonios Toulkeridis

James Cameron should buy the rights back and shelve everything for five to ten years. Then he can executive produce a reboot and map out a 3-picture storyline that tells the whole story with no loopholes and no opening for more sequels.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul DeNigris

You know, Paul, I thought that very same thing - or at least the basics of it - right after I finished this post. Yes, Cameron should absolutely pick up these rights.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

James Cameron making a movie of this? I dont want to wait 10 years for a movie, no matter how good it is.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOrinn

I feel your pain Orinn, but think about it this way. Would you want another "Terminator Salvation"? Or worse yet, a "Terminator" sequel on the level of "Spider-Man 3"?

If Cameron were to buy back the rights and make a film (whether a singular film or a trilogy or whatever), I'd freak out. "Terminator 2" is honestly one of my favorite movies ever.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVince

they should bring back TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. that story did what terminator 3 and 4 fail to do. check it out

Monday, October 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbig fan

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