James Cameron will likely not be returning to the TERMINATOR Franchise anytime soon.

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It’s a sad day for Terminator fans.  Any hope we had about writer and director James Cameron returning soon to direct a new Terminator film either with Skydance.. or when he reacquires the rights in 2019.. was squashed today at the 20th Century Fox panel at CinemaCon.

Director James Cameron has revealed that instead of the previously-reported three new Avatar movies, there will now be four Avatar sequels! That’s right! The creator of the Terminator franchise will be nearly 70 once his commitment to the Avatar franchise is complete.  These films are currently slated for release in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Filming for the first of the Avatar sequels (slated to arrive in theaters December of 2018) was previously reported to begin production this month, but with returning actress Zoe Saldana currently in the beginning stages of filming “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2”, that start date has likely been delayed.

So what does this mean for the future of the Terminator franchise?  Your guess is as good as ours, but if Skydance doesn’t follow through with TERMINATOR 6 before the rights revert to Cameron, we may not be seeing another Terminator film for a very, very long time.

Remember, James Cameron was asked by Empire over a year ago what he plans to do with the Terminator franchise once he reacquires it in 2019, and he had this to say:

“I haven’t really thought that far ahead yet. I’ve got plenty of time to think about it. It might be fun to completely re-invent the franchise.”

If James Cameron does re-invent Terminator, because of his Avatar schedule, it won’t be until 2022 when he finally has the chance.

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