Early this year we took a poll asking if the Terminator franchise should be rebooted, continue with more sequels or just go away forever. The middle choice won by a long shot and now we have word of another installment to appease you readers who voted that way. No, we still don't know when or if there will be a direct follow-up to Terminator Salvation. Instead,Dark Horizons reports there's a $70 million 3D animated Terminator film in the works titledTerminator 3000.
The movie will be produced by Hannover House (Twelve) and Red Bear Entertainment and they're targeting a PG-13 rating, which is really no different from the last couple Terminator movies or the TV series. The press release announcing the project does still mention plans to minimize the violence, however, to achieve the classification. No plot has been revealed, obviously, nor do we know when it'll make its way to theaters. Production is expected to begin in January.
I guess it was only a matter of time before there was an animated Terminator. All the major franchises get into the medium at some point. Actually, I'm surprised there was never a cartoon series, though I think we can now anticipate such a spin-off if this is successful -- or maybe even if it isn't (ahem, Clone Wars). Let's hope Hannover uses the following animation as inspiration for what direction to go in:
[Image of cartoon Terminator from The Simpsons episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot"]
UPDATE: Pacificor, the company that owns the rights to the Terminator franchise, have sent a cease and desist order to Hannover House forcing them to halt all further actions on their proposed animated film Terminator 3000. Pacificor claims they are committed to producing two more live-action Terminator films, while Hannover House feels they'll change their mind after learning how much money they can potentially make off their animated version. Both sides will sit down next week and hear each other out, so we'll know then whether we'll be getting an animated film or not. Will Pacificor cave and take the deal, or will they hold true to their visions of two more live-action movies?
We think we know what the fans are hoping happens out of all this ...