‘Terminator’ Never Dies… It Just Gets Sold A Lot

For the record, I didn’t dislike “Terminator Salvation.” It was far from perfect and it felt more like a reboot than a continuation, but it was a fun action flick with good-borderline-great special effects and a promising performance from soon-to-be-everywhere Sam Worthington. None of that matters now though, as it seems the franchise is up for sale. Again.

There have been as many “Terminator” franchise owners as there have been movies, a trend that will continue at least through the fifth movie, according to the Los Angeles Times. Halcyon Holding Group heads Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek purchased the franchise rights in 2007. As the company now inches towards bankruptcy, Halcyon is looking to sell. They’ve valued the property at $60 million — more than double the $25 million they paid in 2007 — but with home video releases incoming and additional spin-off and/or sequel possibilities, the number might not be too far off.

As much as it pains me to say this, perhaps it’s time to let this series rest. The third installment, “Rise of the Machines,” was a mess and “Salvation” didn’t fare much better. “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” at least offered an inventive new direction for the series, but it was canceled. Prematurely. The final season ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger, but some fan speculation suggested that events might have been arcing towards an origin story for the future John Connor.

With all of the fresh, new post-apocalyptic scenarios scattered across the multiple mediums of entertainment, “Terminator” is perhaps starting to feel a bit tired. On the other hand, it wasn’t the underlying mythology that made director James Cameron’s first two efforts so enjoyable, it was the craft that went into them. Honestly, I’m not even sure Cameron could repeat his past success at this point with “Terminator.”

What do you think? Should “Terminator” be sold or euthanized?