If Terminator Salvation killed the Terminator franchise (and I believe it did), then Hannover House looks like it will be punching the corpse. Via a press release, the company says that it will develop Terminator 3000, a $70-million, 3D animated feature “based on the characters and situations introduced in the original Terminator feature.” And here’s the best part: “Story details for Terminator 3000 are being kept under close wraps, but the writers and production team have a stated goal of minimizing violence in order to obtain a PG-13 level of material.” Not to nitpick, but Salvation had plenty of violence an still got a PG-13. The MPAA really doesn’t have a problem with violence as long as it’s not gory. [For the sake of clarity, the image above is not from Terminator 3000]
Production is scheduled to begin in January 2011. Hit the jump to check out the press release.
Here’s the press release:
NEW YORK, NY, Aug 12, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Hannover House, the entertainment distribution division of Target Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TDGI) (www.HannoverHouse.com), has entered into a feature film development venture with Vancouver-based Red Bear Entertainment, for “Terminator 3000,” envisioned as a $70-million dollar budgeted, 3-D animated feature film based on the characters and situations introduced in the original “Terminator” feature. Hannover House C.E.O. Eric Parkinson previously served as C.E.O. of Hemdale Home Video, Inc. and Hemdale Communications, Inc., and handled the distribution of the original “Terminator” feature.
Story details for “Terminator 3000″ are being kept under close wraps, but the writers and production team have a stated goal of minimizing violence in order to obtain a PG-13 level of material.
Hemdale produced and distributed director James Cameron’s original “Terminator” feature, but released the sequel rights in 1990 to Carolco, which later transferred the rights to ultimately end up under the control of Halcyon Media. Santa Barbara based Pacificor, LLC prevailed in the most recent auction and transfer of rights to the franchise in January, and retains approval and licensing authority over the proposed “Terminator 3000″ project.
Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment will release details of the production timing, financing and principal production personnel later this year, in advance of a proposed January, 2011 start.