Pacificor wants to terminate animated Terminator 3000

Mike Flemyng at Deadline New York is reporting that Pacificor, the company that owns the sequel rights to THE TERMINATOR, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hannover House, which rocked the world of Internet sci-fi geekdom last week by sending out a press release announcing that they were prepping a computer-animated film titled TERMINATOR 3000. Initial reports indicated that Hannover had licensed the rights from Pacificor; it turns out that Hannover House’s Erik Parkinson claims to own the animation rights from when he left Hemdale, the company that produced the first TERMINATOR. However, Parkinson admits that it would be legally “dangerous” to proceed without Pacificor’s approval, because an animated film might still infringe on their “intellectual rights.”
Parkinson has now arranged a meeting with Pacificor, in which he will try to convince the company of the wisdom of allowing him to proceed in exchange for multi-million dollar fee he will be able to deliver to them:

“…we’ll show them our money and if the rational brain prevails, they’ll take the deal. If not, I can’t do it without them. You’ll have a followup next week that we are either holding hands, or not doing the film. At least we now have our meeting. I hope they will can think outside the box, because if we can make a movie that delivers a $20 million to $30 million rights payment, that is an income source they didn’t realize was possible. If not, it was a good idea anyway.”

One Reply to “Pacificor wants to terminate animated Terminator 3000”

  1. A strange situation. Engineered to get some buzz going — or just a badly-handled screw-up?
    Recently viewed TERMINATOR: SALVATION on cable, and found it quite watchable, somewhat to my surprise.
    TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was an intersting TV series, that deserved better from FOX.
    Certainly, the franchise could still have life in it’s cybernetic bones.

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