Lionsgate Could Secure ‘The Terminator’ Franchise

The studio currently has an offer in excess of $15 million on the table.

Terminator rights may go to Lionsgate for $15 million
Terminator rights may go to Lionsgate for $15 million
While we're not sure if this franchise will be back or not, it seems it may have found a new home. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lionsgate currently has the offer to beat for the rights to The Terminator franchise.

The studio has bid $15 million, plus 5% of future revenue for the franchise rights. The Halcyon Group, which currently owns the franchise, named the studio's bid the top "stalking horse" bid at this time. It was said that Halcyon would retain all the revenue generated by last year's summer film Terminator Salvation, which includes the $372 million the film earned worldwide, plus DVD revenue.

The "stalking horse" designation indicates that any future bidders must come up with a bid of at least $750,000 or more on top of the current bid to be considered. The deadline for bids was set for February 5, with a hearing set to determine ownership on February 10.

The Terminator was released October 26th, 1984 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Bess Motta, Earl Boen, Rick Rossovich. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Terminator Salvation was released May 21st, 2009 and stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Anton Yelchin, Jadagrace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common. The film is directed by McG.

Sources: Los Angeles Times
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  1. Chad Vital

    Maybe they tried killing Connor in that "present time" and were unsuccessful. I can't even remember the year, whatever the time was at the very end of the 3rd film (after Judgement Day finally happened). So time wise from there to Salvation's year with Marcus, I"m assuming the machines were finding out that John Connor has been a pain in the ass, which they should have mentioned, since it would have made sense for them to make a machine to bring him home. But then again, if they made such a awesome project as Marcus, why did they send the ghetto T-800 (compared to Marcus's human emotions making him trustworthy etc.) back in time to kill Sarah Connor? Why didn't they just send a new version of Marcus that couldn't rip out his chip back in time to kill her lol? Were they like 'f*ck this sh*t, Marcus project doesn't work since the subject can take out their control chip"? They scrapped that idea? Seems strange to me. I kinda wished they would have left that whole scene out of the film cause it made no sense at all lol. And why would machines think "outside the box", they are machines, they don't know how to think outside the box lol. Everything they do is like military, strategy, and annilihation concepts, anything beyond that they can't understand, hence why Arnold's model didn't know why John was crying in T2 etc.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  2. CBF

    Thanks Vital. Yes I am totally geek'd out on that story. No Fate But What We Make and The Future is Not Set, but in a way it is, the story from the first 3 films carry over to the new trilogy. Although one large plot hole from the new Terminator Salvation film I didn't get was when Skynet (in the form of Serena Kogan) was talking to Marcus about failing to kill John Connor in the past. I was like huh? How did Skynet know about past events if it wasn't created until Judgment Day and the Rise of the Machines in 2004? That is one large plot hole. But other than that, I feel like T4 ended in a spot where the timeline from the other films fell into place nicely. Other than the Kyle Reese character's backstory changing, that is.

    Yes, I am definitely a Terminator nerd.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  3. Chad Vital

    Haha CBF, I see a 3 page convo coming on now haha. But no, you're right. I'm a nerd too when it comes to Terminator mythology and the "what-ifs" and "pre-determined" things.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  4. CBF

    Yahzee you must have missed "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" or at least didn't listen to any of the information surrounding the mythology in that film. The future has NOT been changed, and it IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to send Reese back through the Time Displacement Chamber to 1984 in order to stop the T-800 that Skynet will send back. Pay attention next time you watch T3.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag


    im with remy on everything from lionsgate to sarah connor chronicles. This would be a good move by the studio imo.

    5 years agoby @iamfratsonFlag

  6. WongFu

    I like there films, they know what they are doing.
    LionsGate is the place to be, McG will be able to finish his trilogy and the third and final of Sarah Chronicles would be wrapped up nicely.
    Sure John went to the future and set things in motion, but it doesn't mean it's the last. McG wrote a few of the scripts of that series as well.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. Yahzee

    Why it is absolutely neccesary that Kyle goes back in time? What, John Connor will banish all of a sudden? They changed the future in T2, in postponing Judgement Day the future it's not the same as it was before Kyle met Sarah in the first film. Star Trek anyone? now that's a smart time traveling concept I'd like to be included in future Terminator films.
    And I hope Lionsgate gets it, I trust them as a studio.

    5 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  8. Chad Vital

    Why do you have to diss on Saw in a Terminator topic lol? Saw is what made Lionsgate known, you have to give it credit. The other thing that got them noticed is when they backed up Rob Zombie films.

    5 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  9. Remy72883

    iagree with some of you guys, 1 i believe that Lionsgate would be a great place for the franchise, they kinda have a i dont care what people think attitude they just make the film, meaning their not gonna dumb down action or gore just for some teenie bopper sales. and 2. i would really like to see the future go dark and hopeless kinda like how you saw john connor in the opening credits of T2. determined and focased with everything falling to sh*t around him. And 3.Jekku i totally agree with you i also want a real wrap up of The Sarah Connor Chronicles and last but not least i think the next film should end with is seeing Kyle Reese going into the time traveling portal. With this film you quite literally have unlimited possibilities for a great story telling, i think it should kinda do what the matrix did leave of with Kyle going into the past and at the end of the 3rd one show then reprogramming Arnold and sending him back. I was so curious as to how they did that and i really wanted to see them how they capture him and reprogrammed him. So their is alot of the story true fans such as myself really want to see. Their is so much they can do with this franchise and i cant wait for it.

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  10. CBF

    No time travel must be done in the next two. We just won't be travelling with them, we will be staying in the future war and seeing Terminators get sent back by Skynet and Kyle Reese get sent back by John Connor. That is literally the way it has to go, in order to keep the mythology intact.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  11. Cripple

    Do it.

    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  12. Messenger

    That's what I've been saying impending doom is must or just some uber dread.

    5 years agoby @messengerFlag

  13. Gandoff

    I agree with about everything AnnoyingFilmCritic said. But I dont think a revisit to time travel on a pre-future terminator story has to be done. With so much tech advances, this is the time when they could do a real story of what the Terminator wars could be.

    5 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  14. AnnoyingFilmCritic

    have to agree that Lionsgate is a good home studio for the Terminator franchise, so 5&6 could have some potential since the mythology & name brand are still very good. I think that Salvation is underrated, but, does need its own reboot/kick in the far as tone goes, go back to the original.

    Take the the time travel storyline that is proposed for the sequels and find a new director with real vision...T:Salvation had some cool cinematography, story elements & new terminators, but, felt very formulaic. The next sequel really needs to ratchet up the ferocity, impending doom, nearly hopeless brass ring, old & new alike need to feel like the original, that the Terminator dominated future is f*cking Hell and that sheer pluck & ingenuity of human survivors through some New plot mechanism/device/technology/what have you, would dovetail miraculously with striking back at Director, new vision, filmed to look part Bladerunner, part Dark Knight in its production design & cinematography...any movie is only as good as its villain/conflicts.

    5 years agoby @annoyingfilmcriticFlag

  15. artkid04

    if not christian bale how about johnny depp or skett Ulrick

    5 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  16. CBF

    I liked Salvation. I thought it was a good lead-in to what the remaining chapters will be. As well McG said he was going back to basics with T5 and T6. Time Travel, Terminators, etc.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  17. the Narrator

    Agreed Lionsgate seems to be a good up and coming studio in the past decade, save for the Saw series. I say let em have it and keep McG on. He did pretty good circ*mstances given. Scrap Bale thou, no offense.

    And another thing is Halycon is keeping all the money, so they have to seriously pitch this to get big and proper enough funding having no driving money from the last installment. Especially without Arnold.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. Buriblazing

    could be what the doctor ordered go for it the franchise needs an R rating anyway

    5 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  19. CBF

    J9 is right, so far LionsGATE sounds like the best place for Terminator 5 & 6 to be made. They also own Marvel Animated Features. Just throwing that out there.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  20. The Kwisatz Haderach

    yeah buddy go for it Lionsgate

    5 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag

  21. ZanyZap

    Whatever. No gain, no loss.

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  22. PulpFictionMan

    I really want lionsgate to get it. Them ,along with McG, theyll make a really good Terminator movie

    5 years agoby @pulpfictionmanFlag

  23. Tha_Collector

    i agree with johnny as well it would be its home

    5 years agoby @tha-collectorFlag

  24. fanboy

    i agree johnny, its coming to a good home

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  25. Johnnyblaze09

    This is the home! I believe Lionsgate could make a terrifying, hard dying, bloody Terminators! Accept, accept, accept!

    5 years agoby @johnnyblaze09Flag

  26. Jekku

    As long as I get to see at least one more film and at least one more season or a direct to DVD movie of the conclusion to the Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    5 years agoby @jekkuFlag

  27. Brian

    Sure. Why not.

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

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