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I have absolutely no faith that this will be as good or better than the two official Terminator films. The buyer of the franchise only seems to care that it's rated R. PG-13 or R... who cares if it's yet another stinker destined for the $5 bin at Walmart?
When a director like Justin Lin is bandied about, all I can think of is: direct to video quality. McG, anyone?
It's quite easy to make this franchise even Oscar caliber with the right director, writer, and actors. Its base story about inherent goodness and love changing even the most heartless of killing machines (a metaphor for the worst instincts of nations) leading to a more hopeful future for the world is quite powerful in and of itself. Epics have been made around less.
The Terminator story arc was always supposed to be a kind of morality play as much as it was an anti-war series dealing with the threat of nuclear annihilation. The little guys raging against the "system." And not just another dumb, turn-your-brain-off-at-the-door action genre like Transformers or the myriad of Marvel Comics flicks. Cameron has stated this was his message and goal more times than not on many a behind-the-scenes documentary from deluxe laserdisc boxed sets to Blu-ray.
They should reboot and make this the real Terminator 3 and bring back Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor in a beefier role. Hell, give Cameron a "technical supervisor" or "executive producer" role even if he wants no part in the script. At least he'd have more input. His writing partner for T2 has also expressed interest in lending a hand.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!