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.”

Animated Terminator 3000 announced

The Internet is abuzz this morning with the news that a company named Hannover House has sent out a press release announcing an upcoming $70-million TERMINATOR sequel, to be titled TERMINATOR 3000 and – get this – filmed in 3-D animation with a PG-13 in order to bring in the kiddie audience. The film will be made in association with Red Bear Entertainment. Details are scarce at the moment, but production is tentatively scheduled to begin in January of 2011.
The franchise has passed from Hemdale (which produced the original) to Carolco (which produced TERMINATOR 2), later passing through the hands of Halcyon Media and ending up with Pacificor, which licensed  the rights to Hannover House.