One of the last bits of news to catch everyone's eyes last week was the announcement that Hannover House would be making a PG-13-rated animated Terminator film dubbed Terminator 3000. But such a curious prospect caught the attention of more than just geek eyes, the lawyers over at Pacificor also took notice of the project. Their concern was a little less geeky, though; they actually own the rights to Terminator and apparently no one from Hannover House thought to check with them about making the film.
Now Pacificor have, understandably, unleashed their lawyers upon Hannover House, issuing a cease and desist order to the animation company for wanting to make a wholly unauthorized film based on their intellectual property. Turns out that may not have been entirely unanticipated.
Deadline have updated their original news item with word from a Hannover House head who said they're countering the C&D with a business proposal that would net Pacificor between $20 and $30 million. But not only did they offer up a business plan, Hannover's rep essentially said, "They'd be stupid to not let us make this movie." So to me it sounds like Hannover's best plan for getting the movie made was to draw attention to the project and by doing so force Pacificor's involvement in negotiations. I doubt it will work for everyone, but it's certainly a bold way to make sure you get a meeting.
We'll see how it all pans out, but it's safe to say that Terminator 3000 has been powered down for now.