‘Terminator’ Series Has ‘Run Its Course’ For Creator James Cameron: ‘The Soup’s Kind Of Been Pissed In’

It’s been hard to avoid all the “Terminator” news lately. It’s also been hard to keep up with the many twists and turns this developing story has taken. The latest twist came yesterday, when it was revealed that Sony and Lionsgate — the studios that had been working with new rights-holder Pacificor — no longer have exclusivity in pitching what to do with the franchise next. This development came shortly after last week’s news that “Terminator” and “Terminator 2″ writer William Wisher had developed ideas for fifth and sixth movies in the series.

So when James Cameron, the franchise’s creator, stopped by the newsroom yesterday, MTV’s Josh Horowitz seized the opportunity to ask the man how he feels about Wisher’s treatment and the ongoing saga in general.

“I heard something about that, but I haven’t talked to [Wisher] about it,” Cameron said. “But that’s cool.”

Considering that the franchise is technically his baby, Cameron has a pretty carefree attitude about what’s happened since his last work on it and how far it has come. “I have stepped so far away from the ’Terminator’ universe,” he said. “I know what you know at this point. I’m happy with that. I made a decision a way’s back to just let it have its life, you know?”

If reading those words leaves you with the impression that Cameron is about as likely to return to “Terminator” as he is to go ahead with a “Titanic” sequel, you’re right. “From my perspective, it’s run its course and I don’t know what else to say that hasn’t been said. Plus, frankly… the soup’s kind of been pissed in a little bit by other filmmakers, so I don’t have any personal desire to go back to it. So I certainly wouldn’t want to be a dog in the manger and disallow my friends from making a little money off it. Why would I do that?”

Would you prefer to see Cameron re-take the reins on the “Terminator” franchise? Do you agree that Cameron’s time with the series has “run its course”? Is that true of the franchise as a whole?