Paramount announced this week that they plan to reboot the ‘Terminator’
franchise with a trilogy of new movies.
That’s not surprising – just about everything gets rebooted.
The problem is, most reboots are terrible.
Yeah, I said it.
I know an argument can be made that some reboots are better
than the original – but that rarely ever happens.
Sure, you can point out that ‘The Dark Knight’ is pretty
much the best Batman film ever aired on the big screen. You would be right.
However, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ really
weren’t very good. And, as much as I liked the Christian Bale Batman trilogy, I
have a certain nostalgia for the Michael Keaton Batman films. We can all agree
the Val Kilmer one and the George Clooney one were bad.
Still, I think comic book movies are unique in the reboot
world. Comics themselves get rebooted all the time. Doing it with comic book
movies actually makes sense.
That being said, I still believe that the current Spider Man
reboot is far too soon after the last three
Tobey Maguire films. It’s okay to
wait, people. I digress, though.
When you look at film reboots, though, there are a lot more
terrible ones than there are good ones.
For example, the ’21 Jump Street’ reboot took a show I loved
as a teenager – one that was fairly serious – and turned it into a slapstick
The horror genre is filled with terrible remakes – including
‘Halloween,’ ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street.’
And if someone can explain that ‘Dark Shadows’ reboot to me
I would love to hear it. I’m still ticked off about how terrible that was.
Ironically, the horror genre is also one of the few genres
that boasts decent remakes. ‘The Ring,’ ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Fright Night’ were
all terrific reimaginings. They’re the exception, though, not the rule.
This brings us to ‘Terminator.’
I have to admit, I love the first two films in this
franchise. The third film had some issues and that aborted reboot from a few
years ago starring Christian Bale seemed to die a pretty quick death.
Still, if there is a film franchise that can be rebooted, it’s
The time travel aspect, of course. That’s the reason the ‘Star
Trek’ reboot works.
JJ Abrams took the ‘Star Trek’ franchise and started it
again – but he smartly allowed that everything that had happened in those
beloved lower-budget films still happened. We’re just in a different time line
‘Terminator’ could do the same thing. In a weird way, it
doesn’t have to.
Because ‘Terminator’ is based on time travel – we can easily
jump back and forth in the timeline. Granted, there is an issue with John
Connor. He has been played by several different actors. Obviously Edward Furlong
and Nick Stahl are out of the question since both are playing out drug issues
in the public eye right now.
As much as I like Bale, I’m kind of sick of him. His John
Connor reminded me of his Bruce Wayne. There wasn’t a lot of difference for me.
Honestly, I think you can cast someone new in this trilogy
and be fine with it.
The problem you run into is Arnold Schwarzenegger. His face
has become so linked with the ‘Terminator’ brand that it’s virtually impossible
to do the film without him.
He’s aged well – but he can’t play a robot anymore, though.
I don’t know how you bring Schwarzenegger back into the franchise – and I don’t
know how it will be successful it will be without him.
So, there’s the conundrum.
What do you think? Is rebooting the ‘Terminator’ franchise a