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James Cameron on What Could be Next for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in Future Terminator Films

August 12, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

In a Q&A session with The Arnold Fans website, filmmaker James Cameron discussed the future of the Terminator film franchise and what could be next. As previously reported, James Cameron is now attached to help shepherd a new film trilogy for the franchise, which might soon get underway.

This is after the failed relaunch of the film franchise with Terminator Genisys, which was also supposed to be the start of a new planned trilogy. Commenting on the T-800 model Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in several fims, Cameron stated, “You got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype.”

He added, “There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from, that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point. Stay tuned.”

There was actually a deleted scene for Terminator: Rise of the Machines that shows the origins of the T-800 model and showed Schwarzenegger playing the American soldier who the T-800 was modeled after, speaking in a strange southern accent. The character was named Sergeant William Candy.

Cameron did not explicitly state that Schwarzenegger, now age 70, was coming back to reprise his role. He stated that he’s looking into possibly doing a new trilogy of Terminator films to possibly reinvent the franchise.