Exclusive: Producer Gale Anne Hurd says she would 'love' to make another Terminator movie

Gale-Anne-HurdImage Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty ImagesWalking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd has told EW she would “love” to make another Terminator movie. Hurd produced and co-wrote the first Terminator film and for a long period owned half of the rights to the property.

In recent years, the franchise has had mixed fortunes at the box office and has suffered from a string of behind-the-scenes financial problems. The most recent movie, 2009’s McG-directed Terminator Salvation, was produced by a company called Halcyon, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy not long after the film’s release. In February of this year, the Terminator rights were acquired by the California hedge fund Pacificor.

“It’s very sad,” says Hurd of the franchise’s recent history. “You feel like you gave birth to something and it’s been adopted and those adoptions haven’t worked out. Of course I’d be interested in doing another one. I’d love it.”

It is surely only a matter of time before another Terminator movie gets the green light, with or without the participation of Hurd. What would you like to see in a fifth Terminator film?

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  • Al

    I’m a huge fan of the franchice.
    The TV show was highly underrated, and I was so sorry to see it go.
    T4 was just OK, it wasn’t bad, it just didn’t seem to go anywhere.
    I would like to see the 5th one set before judgement day (at least part of it).

    • Al

      Woops, franchise. Typo!

    • Jeff

      They blew Salvation. It would have been far more interesting if they kept the original planned ending where John Connor dies and a terminator takes his place that would have breathed new life into the overall story.

      • Frank Anderson

        I really liked Salvation.

      • mary q contrary

        I also really liked Salvation. I thought Anton Yelchin was inspired casting, and I loved Sam Worthington in it, too.

      • Mike

        I agree with Jeff. Hated Salvation.

      • Nikki

        that is what went wrong in Salvation. I also wanted John Connor to die and the Terminator to live. The whole point of the first three movies and series was the survival of John Connor. We were not supposed to want him to die, but many of us did. Christian Bale was a bad John Connor.

      • Nikki 2

        I liked Salvation, it was better than T3-although I didn’t mind that one too much. I only missed Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.

      • wtdk

        The original ending for “Salvation” had Sam Worthington’s character replacing Connor–NOT a Terminator per se.

    • mrswinchester248920

      I agree the TV show was underrated. Still mad about the cancelation.

    • ryan

      Well the original john conor is who knows where, after his last direct to video (yes VHS) flopped( wasnt it called wang or something? and the last movie actually made a little profit not counting the dvd and whatever else. finally I thought they were talking about the tv series coming back.

  • tvfan

    That would be awesome. One of the best series of movies ever made.

  • Russ

    Franchise should have stopped after #2. Everything since has been forgettable.

    • Russ

      Unless Cameron comes back.

    • LOL

      Furlong ruined # 2. The first one is still the best.

      • @LOL

        The cheesy synthesized music ruins the first Terminator movie for me. Furlong was just fine in T2.

    • darclyte

      Except the tv series. That was pretty darn good, and had gotten VERY good towards the end.

    • Zak

      I actually liked T3, but that might have been primarily because of Claire Danes and that superhot female terminator.

      • Will

        Yeah, it must be bc to me t3 is the only not great film in the series. The first two are in my top five sci-fi classics of all time list. Salvation wasn’t as good but still one of the best sci fi movies of the summer of ’09.

      • Mike

        I loved the 3rd one b/c of pure Arnold badassary, and it stayed true to the story. The 4th just felt like an uninspired, over-hyped mess to me.

  • Kelson

    The TV show was superb, and I miss it a bunch. I thought T4 was better then T3. I would personally love to see a new Terminator movie . . but I think it would be cool to see it go in a new direction.

  • JaySin420

    It’s pretty simple what it needs, Time Travel!

    They should have stuck with original ending for the last one where they stuck John’s face on a terminator body and he ended up going bad.

    That would have set up a nice sequel, evil terminator John goes back in time to kill young John….not sure who the hero would be though.

  • Sam J

    Terminator:The Battle for Tomorrow. The story is set in future and they defeat the machines, the series is over. Special effects and bad acting and has to be rated “R”. Spend budget on advertising and effects not an A-list actor to play a cyborg.

  • Roger C.

    I say the Terminator deserves a proper trilogy. Reboot the first film, then make the last two about the war in the future. There can be parts of the movie that are intermingled where the Terminators go back in time in the last two. That would be a neat touch.

    • crunchberries40

      Who would you cast in Arnold’s role for the remake?

      • Will

        Arnold

      • Bob

        Rosanne Barr

      • mary q contrary

        Danny Devito, natch. They’re twins.

  • Denver

    @Roger C. Rebooting the 1st film would be sacrilege, punishable by death. Cameron could produce the T5, in between his other commmitments, just maybe

    • vodkahead

      That’s only if you want to have a bunch of blue Terminators with pointy ears.

  • William

    The TV show really suffered from a slow start. The overall mythology of the second season was fascinating, but it didn’t really build until about halfway through. That said, I’d have loved to see a movie exploring the idea that John Connor didn’t actually live through Judgement Day, but rather time hopped over it (a la Born to Run).

  • DJ

    If anyone says ‘reboot’ I will hunt you down and terminate you.

    • Justin P

      REBOOT

    • mary q contrary

      How about we change it to ‘rebot’? It works in this case.

  • Kalie

    I didn’t think “Terminator: Salvation” was a terrible movie. It was a lot better than the silly T3. “Terminator” & T2 are two of my all-time favorite movies and I loved “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”. It hurt when they canceled the show after that terrific finale. I wouldn’t mind if they made more “Terminator” movies, as long as they’re actually worth watching. It’s an excellent franchise and someone worthy should breathe new life into it, so a new generation can appreciate it.

    • Justin P

      I didn’t like it when I first saw it in the theater. However, when I’ve watched it a couple of times on tv, I changed my mind. It certainly isn’t great. But, it isn’t a bad movie.

    • Larry

      If it was just a generic robot movie you happened to catch on tv, Salvation would be ok. But for a Terminator movie it was absolute dreck. They started filming during the writers strike and didn’t have a complete script, and it shows. They were literally just making stuff up on the fly, that might have been passable if James Cameron or another talented director had been at the helm. But McG is, at best, a workmanlike director. He probably couldn’t have made a movie worthy of the Terminator franchise even with a brilliant script. With an incomplete script, and a director with no real talent or imagination…well, we got what we got.

  • Ed

    First off, it will be hard to make another Terminator film because you need Arnold to be in it. he was the main character in the in T1, T2, and T3. The salvation one just didn’t do it and since Arnold is too old and not in shape to play him again, it will just be a lost if the find someone built to play it. It just will not be the same and will be a waste for the studio and will bomb at the box office.

    • Jason S

      They could digitally put arnold’s face on a CGI character. They did it in the last film! And have Arnold do the voice!

  • Jason S

    WHat they need is a competent director. It doesn’t have to be Cameron but not another no-talent like McG. He hasn’t made a good film yet!!! He just got lucky that Charlie’ Angels was a hit! Terminator requires depth and action with a little humor thrown it. Either Joss Whedon, Christopher Nolan or JJ Abrams should direct!

    • Jen

      Thank you! Whatever happens with the series, McG MUST go

  • Reginald

    I am a fan of the TERMINATOR movies and thought the tv series was an interesting take, too. As fans and critics, we all agree that there are highs and lows with the movies but isn’t that the case with all trilogies and series? Was Temple of Doom great compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark or even the Last Crusade? Empire Strikes Back is widely considered the best of the Star Wars films. So back to Terminator, I actually liked Salvation, especially because of Sam Worthington and Moon Bloodgoode. The first Terminator will always be a classic to me, though. I believe the casting was subpar in T3. But I would definitely go see a fifth Terminator movie!!!

  • rey

    i liked salvation. it was both a sequel and prequel. the next one should stick with that theme. have it take place right up before the original t-800 is sent back.

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