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Terminator Franchise To Be Auctioned Off

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the i'll-be-back-in-syndication dept.

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"For sale: One slightly-used Terminator. Still works, minor attitude problems, get it cheap now!' Several sources are reporting that the Terminator franchise is set to be auctioned off just three weeks after another well known franchise, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was sold for $60 million. The present owner, Halcyon, has filed for chapter 11 after a dispute with a hedge fund that lent Halcyon the money to buy the rights to begin with. The auction will include rights to everything but the first two films.

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I bid $1 (0)

Hes Nikke (237581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953790)

first bid!

Re: sellaband? (2, Insightful)

dean.collins (862044) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953912)

how about we start a 'fans' sellaband capital raising for this. I am sure there are more than 1 million fans who would put up $200 to be a part shareholder. If it's good enugh for Public Enemy and their new album why not> http://deancollinsblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/public-enemy-sellaband.html [blogspot.com] Cheers, dean

Re: sellaband? (2, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954212)

PE is trying to raise a quarter of a million dollars, which is probably a reasonable goal for a band with their name recognition, and will be enough to produce an album. Raising a thousand or ten thousand times as much, a couple hundred bucks at a time, just for the rights to make a movie or a TV show? It's a nice idea, but I don't think it's likely to happen.

And even if it did happen, what would we do with it? There'd still need to be a guiding force, someone running the project. Good luck getting all the fans who chip in to agree on that.

Re: sellaband? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954712)

It took Public Enemy about a month to get to the $60,000 mark on SellaBand. [sellaband.com] I think it would take a little longer to raise $60 million :-)

Re: sellaband? (1)

dean.collins (862044) | more than 4 years ago | (#29955164)

it took them only 12 days to get to $50,000 so it wasn't that hard for them to raise the initial money, albeit i think they need to amp up their marketing.

Re: sellaband? (1)

RichardJenkins (1362463) | more than 4 years ago | (#29955110)

So if I own the rights to the characters, would I get anything at all from the continued popularity of the two good films?

First two films? (4, Funny)

soupforare (542403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953798)

They made more than two?

Re:First two films? (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954570)

Yes, and I think that the third movie is unfairly maligned. It wasn't as good as the first two, but it was entertaining. (I haven't seen the 4th.)

I liked the tv show a lot too.

Re:First two films? (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954788)

The second was deep and profound, and at the end offered hope. The third was special effects we've pretty much already seen, no real story, and quashed any hope. As an action movie, it wasn't too bad, but it didn't do much else. The final one was much the same... exploring the future we haven't seen, but it wasn't much more than an action flick.

Re:First two films? (3, Interesting)

Virak (897071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954912)

The third movie was very fairly maligned. Sure, it might have been halfway decent by itself. But as the sequel to Terminator 2, which was basically perfection in action movie form, merely decent isn't enough. It completely shat all over the "they finally beat Skynet and saved humanity!" thing, the characters weren't as well developed, the story didn't have as much depth, it wasn't nearly as tight (T2 advanced the plot in basically every scene and certainly didn't put any to waste), the Terminator in it wasn't really likable (T1's was an unstoppable killing machine; T2's was an unstoppable killing machine with a heart of gold; T3's was just a dick), the action wasn't as good, and the movie simply had overall a significantly different (and worse) feel from either of the previous ones.

Everything but the first two films? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29953812)

So basically nothing? The latest films have been complete shit.

Fuck, most of the Terminator geeks I know refused to even buy the toys and other shit released along with the latest movies.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (3, Interesting)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953990)

I liked the last movie, it was no Citizen Kane to be sure, but it was a fun watch.

And if the box office results from 'movies' like Transformers 1/2 and G.I. Joe are any indication they could do a lot worse with the franchise and still rake in plenty of cash.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954054)

The best part of the last movie was the 12 seconds of "arnold" kicking the crap out of Christian Bale. When the door opened on the Terminator with Arnold's face the theatre went wild. Best $12 ever.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954162)

Twelve seconds of brillance, 6888 minutes of pure shit.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954316)

6888 minutes

Wow, and I thought the LOTR movies were long.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954448)

Twelve seconds of brillance, 6888 minutes of pure shit.

6888 seconds, right?

Re:Everything but the first two films? (3, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954002)

"Rebooting" popular franchises is all the rage these days in Hollywood. The Terminator franchise, despite the lesser acclaim of the last two (although they were still both quite profitable), is still a valuable brand with a built-in audience. This means all anyone has to do is go to any random studio in Hollywood, tell them "I have the rights to the Terminator franchise and I want to make a new movie that 'reboots' the franchise" and they'll have to spend the next 6 months just counting all the money they'll be showered with.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (2, Interesting)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954306)

Milked to death if not rebooted outright. It's a tacit admission that Hollywood ran out of ideas.

I can hardly wait for Aquaman: The Movie.

Re:Everything but the first two films? (2, Funny)

Trails (629752) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954512)

I heard Kevin Smith was already working on the sequel...

Re:Everything but the first two films? (1)

foo1752 (555890) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954796)

Forget "rebooting." What they need to do is to combine franchises. I'm anxiously awaiting the Alien vs. Terminator movie, myself. Its set in the future after the Terminators have wiped out all of the humans. Tag line: Alien vs. Terminator: Who ever wins, we're already dead, so we don't give a fuck anymore. It's going to be huge!

Does the state of California come with it? (5, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953816)

...or do you have to buy the governator separately?

Re:Does the state of California come with it? (4, Funny)

Clipless (1432977) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954152)

Actually, I think you inherit California's debt. That is why Halcyon had to file for chapter 11.

Too late, already sold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954262)

Der Governator sold out to special interest years ago.

Re:Does the state of California come with it? (5, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954464)

First of all I just want to make sure you
understand that California's economy isn't
controlled by the governor. The legislature
killed off any hopes of a balanced budget.

You were obviously making a joke at the expense
of the state of California. but it was just
unfunny and shitty.

Sincerely,

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

First two films excluded... (2, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953820)

from the same camp which some of us are sure that there are only three Indy films.

I would prefer it to die, considering that since the second movie, what have we gotten? If it were not for a certain actresses connection to another cult fave who would have put up with the series? That was jump shark city.

Re:First two films excluded... (2, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953894)

Hey, I personally really enjoyed the Summer Glau Fun Hour. I was sure that, at any minute, they would have a coherent plot, but that wasn't even a small part of my enjoyment.

Re:First two films excluded... (2, Interesting)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954114)

There was a coherent plot. Or rather, there were several coherent subplots, which wove together in a fascinating and (IMO) very believable way. This took more than five minutes to develop, and didn't involve misplaced Transformers with motorcycles in their legs, so a lot of people might have missed it.

Re:First two films excluded... (2, Interesting)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954360)

My problem was that the show had too many subplots that were not, in fact, coherent. At the very least, the coherence developed too slowly for the show to remain on the air long enough to piece things together. If too many people miss the point, the show gets canceled. I find Heroes suffering from the same thing - lack of a clear direction for at least the past season and a half. Sarah Conner Chronicles had a lot of untapped potential, which should have been tapped early enough to keep it on the air. There were a few good characters, some good commentary-on-the-world, and some good plotlines, none of which came together in a sustainable way.

Re:First two films excluded... (1)

an unsound mind (1419599) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954678)

It actually became decently coherent alongside the five last episodes.

The problem were the boring, excessively tiresome twenty six episodes before those last five.

Re:First two films excluded... (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953936)

I thought the first series was great. Summer Glau was a nice bonus of course. Second series got a bit slow in the middle, but it was picking up again towards the end.

I hope whoever buys up the rights continues TTSCC..

Re:First two films excluded... (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954396)

They kind of deliberately broke everything in the series finale. A third season of TTSCC would have been great, but if they were going to make one, the second season would almost surely not have ended the way it did. It's kind of hard to see how the series would go from the season ending they made -- or rather, it could certainly go on, but it would really be a completely different show.

Re:First two films excluded... (4, Interesting)

petrus4 (213815) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954268)

I would prefer it to die, considering that since the second movie, what have we gotten? If it were not for a certain actresses connection to another cult fave who would have put up with the series? That was jump shark city.

James Cameron's canon ended with T2. Although it's not shown in the film, at the end of the T2 novel, Connor and the Resistance succeed in beating Skynet.

Sarah dies in that novel as well. She was with John almost up until the end of the war; it was only at about the second last engagement with the Machines, where she is killed on a supply run.

Cameron refused to be involved with T4; he made the comment that he'd said everything he wanted to say by the end of T2.

Re:First two films excluded... (1)

petrus4 (213815) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954932)

Just to add a further minor, speculative point to this...

The only real reason why Connor's Resistance is able to beat Skynet in the T1/T2 scenario, is because in that scenario, Skynet remains the sole sentient, or close to sentient AI on the face of the planet.

In The Matrix, of course, by contrast, there was a scenario where the acorporeal AIs begin to outnumber the humans very rapidly.

We see a scenario like that beginning to develop in SCC, however, with Cromartie and Weaver. It becomes obvious that some of the more advanced Terminators are developing their own goals. Once a scenario like that were to develop, the humans' chances of maintaining containment of the AIs (and thus, still having a chance to destroy them completely) would drop to almost nil.

Re:First two films excluded... (4, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954416)

...some of us are sure that there are only three Indy films.

Wait a second, there ARE only three Indy films. Why do you mention that fact like it's some sort of controversy? But I can understand how people could get confused. Lead actors occasionally play other roles.

I do remember the MacGyver spinoff that Harrison Ford starred in, "crystal head" or something. I understand that some people think that had something to do with the Jones franchise, since Ford was the lead character in all the Indy films.

But that's just confusion on their part, same as someone thinking that there was more than one "Die Hard" movie just because Willis starred in some other flicks, or that there are more than three Star Wars movies.

PS: I'm not sure what they are selling off. There are really two Terminator films.

Maybe they are trying to sell off "Summer Glau Show" off as part of the Terminator franchise (in which, if I could understand the plot, has something to do with her being a Terminator. I'm not entirely sure, though, because people keep blathering and getting on screen and sometimes blocking a clear view of her.) If so, that show can come back. Keep her and the mom, drop the young dude who appears to be Anakin Skywalker as a kid or something (boy genius who whines a lot about some destiny). Might sell a few ads on an off night and pay for itself if they don't try to spend too much time developing a cohesive plot or special effects that aren't wardrobe-related.

At the risk of my Geek card (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954800)

Who is Summer Glau - I live in Manchester (uk) we only get Rainny Ho.

No surprise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29953824)

No surprise for me: They thought they would be able to cash in on the previous movies (ok, I'm ignoring Terminator 3 here), but failed miserably.

Terminator 4 was one of the worst movies of 2009, and the game... Don't get me talking about the game.

Hope some other company is more capable of revisiting this movie... then again, just let it die, and let us only remember T1 and T2

Sarah Conner Chronicles (5, Insightful)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953842)

Was about the only good thing from the Terminator Franchise int he last 10 years.....

And that is Sad....

Worthless (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953864)

Without the first two films, I doubt it would be worth even half of what TMNT was. It like telling someone they now own every Lucasfilm property, except for anything relating to Star Wars.

Re:Worthless (3, Funny)

Abreu (173023) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953988)

Hey, I am sure someone wants to buy Howard the Duck!

Re:Worthless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29955002)

Hey, I am sure someone wants to buy Howard the Duck!

Hey now! I happen to personally know 2 (TWO!) whole people who were excited when it was finally released on DVD earlier this year.

Re:Worthless (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954156)

As far as existing films, sure, but they're basically selling the right to make future "Terminator" movies/shows/videogames/sweaters/whatever, which is still worth something.

Whedon in the bidding (3, Informative)

ajs (35943) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953886)

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954034)

Seriously, that's probably the best thing that could possibly happen to it at this point. Too bad Whedon doesn't have the money for a real offer.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954182)

Have you seen Dollhouse?

I like Whedon as much as the next guy, but he's not by any means an "all he touches turns to gold" kind of guy.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954312)

Dollhouse started slow, but I think it's grown steadily more interesting. That's the way a lot of Whedon's work is for me, actually. Buffy hooked me right away, but Angel and Firefly both took a while. (In the case of Firefly, I got really dedicated to the series just about the the cancellation rumors started solidifying ...) So at this point I kind of assume that when I tune into a new Whedon project, it will be worth waiting for the good stuff.

Unfortunately, this is not exactly a winning formula in Hollywood.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954602)

For me, Dollhouse started slow and never got moving. I find there's virtually no character development or interaction of any interest. No greater story arc to keep me interested. After seeing "Epitaph One", my first thought was that I wish the show had been set in that time period, unraveling the past over the course of a season. That might have been interesting.

Buffy never appealed to me, but obviously a lot of people disagree with me on that one.

Firefly I think is pure genius.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29955046)

Buffy never appealed to me, but obviously a lot of people disagree with me on that one.

So.. a lot of people say it *did* appeal to you?

Were you hit on the head and suffered partial amnesia of some sort? What?

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

HereIAmJH (1319621) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954702)

Dollhouse started slow, but I think it's grown steadily more interesting.

For me, it has been the opposite. Dollhouse looked interesting at the start, but now it seems like it has become 'how many ways can we prostitute Eliza.' I was truly sad when I heard TSCC got canceled but Dollhouse got picked up. But with Summer making an appearance on Dollhouse, maybe they'll find a story for an episode or two. I'll continue to Tivo it for at least that long I guess.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954150)

What's wrong with idea for "Terminator: The Musical!"? I think that's the best idea ever to come out of Joss Whedon! With hit songs like "I'll be Bach!" and "Hasta la vista, baby, baby, baby!" how can it possibly fail?

Re:Whedon in the bidding (1)

ajs (35943) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954216)

You forgot the short, but memorable, "The Got The Bloodstains Out!"

Re:Whedon in the bidding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954340)

Terminator would be an awesome musical. Not the least because, unlike "the lion king," there's no pretense. There's no "this is filled with meaning and symbolism" (although there is a surprising amount of both in the first two films...) weighing it down with.. weighty..ness.

It would just be a raucous fun with over-the-top brass and stringed instruments, indoor fireworks, and an actual, working semi truck car chase on stage.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (3, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954414)

That's what I thought they should have done with the "Alien" franchise after the second one. They already had the haunted house movie and the war movie, the next obvious step was the buddy cop movie and the musical. Oh, and "Aliens on Ice" (they don't even need skates...)

Re:Whedon in the bidding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954780)

Wasnt funny at all. It was quite pointless really.

Re:Whedon in the bidding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29955124)

I like his ideas about LOTR, but I feel the concept would be improved with one word: Furries.

Great. (2, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953932)

They, um, terminated the excellent Sarah Connor Chronicles to make way for that Transforminators piece of shit. And then they showed they can't even handle that. Way to go, guys.

So it's worthless, then? (3, Interesting)

residieu (577863) | more than 4 years ago | (#29953996)

The auction will include rights to everything but the first two films.

I don't get it. Why would someone pay for rights that exclude everything of value?

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954096)

Well the US Government (actually the next 60 years of US taxpayers) paid $125 billion for the rights to a bunch of defaulted mortgages and worthless hedge funds ...

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954184)

But at least they got some overvalued homes in the deal. They (we) *did* get more than just 'intellectual property'. Even if the homes burned down, the dirt under them are still worth SOMETHING...

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

demachina (71715) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954634)

The U.S. government, specifically Tim Geithner, also invested some $2.3 billion [businessinsider.com] in a company destined for bankruptcy, CIT. The U.S. treasury was the lender of last resort and should have secured their investment by insuring they were the first to be repaid in event of bankruptcy, instead they didn't secure it at all so other less senior lenders get 70% back, the U.S. tax payer apparently got shafted out of the entire 2.3 billion.

Maybe in that case as in Halcyon's, since it was someone else's money they were blowing, they didn't really care... Halcyon bought the rights with money from a hedge fund, Pacificor in Santa Barbara.

A quote from the link on the CIT loan from a Law professor:

"Black believes the problem stems from regulators' fears that if the banks recognize a loss on the bad assets it will create a domino effect that will wipe out the entire financial system.

"If that's true we've got to get rid of capitalism," he warns, "because if we can't recognize losses in a capitalist system we have no future.""

If true it basically means Geithner squandered another $2.3 billion to reduce the losses of big Wall Street banks, one of CIT's big lenders is Goldman Sachs.

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

amoeba1911 (978485) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954118)

That's a great idea... we should have pet stores that sells things that come out of pets and retain the rights to the pet themselves.

They're basically selling the turd that spawned out of the success of the first two films.

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954176)

I'll start the bidding at -$10,000,000, because removing all but the first two movies would actually ADD to the franchise's value.

It's a rights deal (4, Informative)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954192)

The winner of the auction does not get the rights to any profits from the first two films.

The winner does, on the other hand, get the right to do anything else with the rest of the entire franchise.

As I understand it, that could include sequels to Terminator: Salvation or the Terminator 3 plotlines, continuations of the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, or entirely new series based in the universe. From the sound of it, they're even selling off licensing rights to all of these properties.

Still worthless, you say? According to TFA, the last time the Terminator franchise rights were sold, they went for $25 million. The purchaser used the rights to make Terminator: Salvation, which grossed $380 million worldwide. Not so bad.

(On the other hand, it's maybe worth noting that the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles auctioned for more than twice what was paid for Terminator...)

Re:It's a rights deal (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29955106)

As I understand it, that could include sequels to Terminator: Salvation or the Terminator 3 plotlines

Unless it included the time machine that would allow the purchaser to go back in time and ensure those were never made, I still have trouble seeing the value.

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954224)

The auction will include rights to everything but the first two films.

I don't get it. Why would someone pay for rights that exclude everything of value?

Maybe if you think you can somehow inject more value back into it, then trying to get hold of the franchise for a bargain price might be worth a little effort and expenditure in the long run.

Or, more likely, it'll be bought by someone who has no bright ideas or plans. They'll sit on it until other people have bright ideas (given the franchise still has a following and the first films are still held in the high esteem they are, people are going to be thinking about it) then sell/lease the rights to them for profit.

Re:So it's worthless, then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954378)

Funny story about that. Back around '72 a novelist was finishing up a rather gruesome tale of a crazed Vietnam War veteran. It wasn't his first book, so he took some advice and hired a lawyer to write up a detailed publishing contract. Cost $500, which was big money back then, about a quarter of the price of a cheap new car. When he read the finished contract he got to the point where it covered "soft toy rights", and decided he'd just wasted $500.

The book was First Blood. Hollywood inverted the tale as Rambo. Author David Morell was an extremely rich man by the time he related that story in the late 80s, largely thanks to the "soft toy rights".

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954398)

You'd think for whoever owns the Terminator franchise, business would be a-boomin' on Judgement Day, when Skynet clicks to order.

Re:So it's worthless, then? (1)

srealm (157581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954680)

I don't know, but I know who to ask. Darl? where are you? What were we supposed to get for our $699 again?

Terminators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954012)

They'll be back...

The scene at a garage sale... (5, Funny)

petrus4 (213815) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954092)

(Crowd of people walking around in the front yard of a surburban house, looking at various bits of household junk)

Customer: (Looking around) Oh hey, what's this? It looks like some sort of oversized metal action figure!

Homeowner: That's a robot we've had down in the basement for a couple years now. Has an interesting history. Supposedly, it was thrown together by an unknown, but obviously brilliant computer scientist [wikipedia.org] as a work project. Shame about what happened to him.

Supposedly after he'd finished building the thing, it got loose. There was this shotgun toting psycho of a woman [wikipedia.org] who the police found raving and screaming about how it was trying to murder her and her kid [wikipedia.org] . The police had a hell of a time taking her into custody; they've kept her sedated and locked up in a padded cell ever since.

Customer: Sounds like an amazing story! How much do you want for it?

Homeowner: (Slowly, pausing) $60 million.

Customer: WHAT?! But anyway...if anyone was even going to remotely consider paying that kind of money for it, it'd need to be able to do something beyond awesome! So give me a demonstration! How do I turn it on?

(Finds an old car battery and some jumper cables nearby, as other items for sale)

Hey, this'd work!

Homeowner: I'm not sure that's such a good idea...

Customer: It looks like just a kid's toy! Except a bit bigger of course. I'm sure it's perfectly safe!

(Applies cables to battery and T800, causing an explosion of sparks. The T800 rises up slowly from its' previous sitting position, its' eyes beginning to glow red)

Homeowner: ...

Arnold should buy this (2, Interesting)

Crock23A (1124275) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954140)

If he has the cash lying around, he should totally buy the franchise and turn it into something halfway decent.... or bury it. Too bad the buyer doesn't get the first two films. They were the only part of this franchise that were actually good.

I'll fess up (1)

BumpyCarrot (775949) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954174)

I actually really liked the latest film. And I didn't hate *all* of the third film, I liked seeing Judgement Day happen. So this actually makes me a bit apprehensive :/

Re:I'll fess up (1)

hitnrunrambler (1401521) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954882)

I don't quite get all of the hate for the latest film myself, I thought it was the closest to the original conception of any of the sequels. Don't get me wrong T2 was a guns/explosions/special-effects classic... But I strongly feel that watching T1+T4 back to back would be as satisfying and feel as connected as T1+T2.

T2 developed the action aspect of the theme very satisfyingly, but left the plot and most of the actual Sci-Fi as background.
T4 developed the Sci-Fi aspects and the plot from the original satisfyingly and left the action as background. (maybe it should have even been further back)

I think it's the people who wanted "T2 part 4" who are disappointed.

Great example of the free market....again (0, Offtopic)

tacokill (531275) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954220)

I love the idea, that in a capitalist economy, resources that are not used efficiently, get reallocated to live another day.

Let me explain...
Investor A buys the rights to the Terminator series years ago. That turned out to be a bad investment because they couldn't make a profit on that purchase. For that reason, and I am sure many others, the Investor that did this took huge losses and ultimately filed bankruptcy.

Here is where we break from "the way things used to work for over 230 yrs" to "Obama's change". (sorry, the politics can not be avoided)

Instead of propping up this bad investment (insert whatever rationale you want), we force the Investor to declare bankruptcy. As part of that process, the "assets" are put up for auction as creditors are paid as much as possible with the auction proceeds. This is a beautiful system in how it works. Nobody goes to prison. Nobody dies. Instead, the people who should take the hit (Investors) are the ones who actually take the hit and furthermore, the assets live to see another day (and another owner who might create MORE wealth out of this franchise).

Contrast this with all the shit going on around us here in the States and you'll have to forgive me if I am bit twitchy with my "Celebrate Capitalism" trigger finger. It's just refreshing to know it's still around since everyone in charge seems to have forgotten...

Wow. They're desperate to balance the budget. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29954222)

California is even auctioning off their governor. Their budget problems must be really bad.

Hasta la vista... baby (1)

fortapocalypse (1231686) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954226)

I think this was posted just to gather good quotes, so thought I'd throw that in. Seriously though, there is a lot left to be made off of this franchise. But does the sale include that silly short Terminator 3D film [wikipedia.org] shown at Universal? If not, then I'm out. ;)

Cameron (3, Interesting)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954240)

I remember reading something where he said he passed on T3 because he couldn't see a good story. The guy might be one of the biggest assholes in Hollywood, but I'm grateful that he didn't just do it for the cash.

My humble offer (2, Funny)

Groggnrath (1089073) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954372)

To Halcyon (Re:Terminator),
I would like to purchase your rights to the Terminator franchise. I hereto offer you two full and unused pockets full lint and or little bits of string. I feel that having seen the last set of movies, this is more than a fair bid. I'm willing to throw in up too, but not exceeding, one full fist full of dryer lint as a good faith payment.

Sincerely yours, Groggnrath (a devoted sci-fi fan).

What's not awesome? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#29954446)

Terminator the musical. Rise of the machines on ice. I'm a celebrity get me out of here but I'll be back.

I can hardly wait

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