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A 3D, Animated TERMINATOR Film With Minimized Violence?? Welcome TERMINATOR 3000!!!

Merrick here...
Deep in my heart, this feels like the kind of project that'll never, ever come together and may be nothing more than a case of starry-eyed (albeit ambitious) wishful thinking. We hear about such undertakings all the time and nothing ever comes of them; sometimes they spin apart completely before news of their existence even hits the Net. I suspect that's what'll happen here. However, I could well be wrong. In terms of rights and futures and whatnot, TERMINATOR is a unique beast at the moment - as such there are always...possibilities. Seems a company called Hannover House is trying to pull together a $70 million, PG-13, animated, 3D film called TERMINATOR 3000. Via a press release:
NEW YORK, NY, Aug 12, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Hannover House, the entertainment distribution division of Target Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TDGI) (, has entered into a feature film development venture with Vancouver-based Red Bear Entertainment, for "Terminator 3000," envisioned as a $70-million dollar budgeted, 3-D animated feature film based on the characters and situations introduced in the original "Terminator" feature. Hannover House C.E.O. Eric Parkinson previously served as C.E.O. of Hemdale Home Video, Inc. and Hemdale Communications, Inc., and handled the distribution of the original "Terminator" feature. Story details for "Terminator 3000" are being kept under close wraps, but the writers and production team have a stated goal of minimizing violence in order to obtain a PG-13 level of material. Hemdale produced and distributed director James Cameron's original "Terminator" feature, but released the sequel rights in 1990 to Carolco, which later transferred the rights to ultimately end up under the control of Halcyon Media. Santa Barbara based Pacificor, LLC prevailed in the most recent auction and transfer of rights to the franchise in January, and retains approval and licensing authority over the proposed "Terminator 3000" project. Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment will release details of the production timing, financing and principal production personnel later this year, in advance of a proposed January, 2011 start. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Sections 27A & 21E of the amended Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933-34, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Although the company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these statements included in this press release will prove accurate.
So there you have it. Could this be a good thing? If it works, absolutely. My concern, though, is the franchises' lack of any one vision or shepherd. Feels like TERMINATOR stories and possibilities are becoming more and more random, and the overall brand is feeling increasingly diluted - which is in no way a good thing. Of course, being in the hands of the wrong shepherd would bring with it certain complications and perils as I don't know what to say. Guess we'll just have to sit back, watch what happens, and hope for the best. I didn't hate TERMINATOR SALVATION - I really liked its look, but I think its story was odd and not terribly interesting, its pacing seemed dull and involving, and...above one on screen felt terribly invested in their characters or performances. It was nearly every regard. If this new animated picture comes together, perhaps The Powers That Be can learn from TSAL's missteps.
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