Word is running rampant today that the rights for the "Terminator" franchise are being sold off for a pretty penny. This isn't the first time we've heard about the impending "Terminator" sale, nor is it the first time such a change-of-hands has occurred — but it is the first time that "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Dollhouse" creator Joss Whedon has made a power play for the franchise.
In an open letter, Whedon offered a tongue-in-cheek appeal for ownership of the "Terminator" property, claiming that he would gladly purchase the franchise for $10,000 as soon as today should his offer be accepted.
"The 'Terminator' story is as formative and important in our culture — and my pretend play — as any I can think of," wrote Whedon. "It's far from over."
The geek favorite listed a multitude of ideas he'd implement to resuscitate the fledgling franchise, including "Terminator... of the Rings," in which the T-800 is sent back to the days of Middle-Earth to help Frodo and Samwise on their journey to Mount Doom.
"I will also offer $10,000 for the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise," he added.
While the majority of the letter is filled with similar ideas — including a "Terminator" musical, which even Whedon knows is "an awful idea" — the "Firefly" creator revealed that he has "watched the first one more than any other movie in college" and that his "heart is there" when it comes to the series.
It goes without saying that the rights for the "Terminator" franchise aren't going to be sold for Whedon's offer, but I would happily watch his take on the science fiction property. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is one of my absolute favorites, which makes the inconsistent quality of subsequent "Terminator" projects a particularly bitter bill for me to swallow.
If nothing else, Whedon's "Terminator" would be very different from anything that's come before. Given the current state of the property, I think a radical change is just what the Dr. Horrible ordered.
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