Terminator 4 Rights Now a Case for the Courts

Anything to slow this project down...

by | July 19, 2007 | Comments

OK, this is all very technical legal mumbo-jumbo, but the bottom line seems to be this: Don’t expect a Terminator 4 any time real soon.

Although a company called Halcyon acquired the rights to make a fourth Terminator flick earlier this year, there seems to be a stumbling block. Basically, MGM claims to still have an option on the franchise. Or something like that. You tell me if you can decipher this passage from Variety:

“According to the complaint, filed in L.A. Superior Court on Wednesday, MGM claimed it had acquired an exclusive 30-day negotiation window for “T4” in the 1990s Orion Pictures bankruptcy. T Asset, the plaintiff and Halcyon’s subsidiary, did not concede MGM’s rights but began negotiations in May over distribution. T Asset claims MGM’s exclusive window is now over despite MGM’s claims in the media that it has the right to distribute “T4.” The suit seeks a declaration and injunctive relief.”

Whew. It goes on for another two paragraphs. And this is considered the layman’s version of a legal complaint. Yikes. Why anyone would go to all this trouble to make an Ahnold-free Terminator flick is simply beyond my comprehension, so let’s hope the issue stays tied up in court for a while. One less franchise to run into the ground.

Source: Variety