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The ‘Terminator’ Franchise Up For Sale, Joss Whedon’s $10,000 Bid Likely To Be Turned Down

November 4th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


It’s been an up-and-down year for writer/producer Joss Whedon. His musical blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, a scientist bent on world domination, became a huge online hit. Then it was announced that he will be at the helm of a high-profile Wonder Woman remake. In the midst of all that good news comes news that’s not so sunny. Currently, he’s battling to keep his struggling new TV series, Dollhouse, on the air. And he’s also battling for the rights to the Terminator franchise, which will be auctioned off later this month by Halcyon–a company that recently filed for bankruptcy.

In a facetious open letter, Whedon wrote,

I have heard through the ‘grapevine’ that the Terminator franchise is for sale, and I am prepared to make a pre-emptive bid RIGHT NOW to wrap this dealio up. This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is not available on TV. I will write a check TODAY for $10,000, and v[oi]la! Terminator off your hands.”

Needless to say, Halcyon is not likely to bite. When the sale kicks off in January, the price tag is likely to be something around the sum of $70 million. Maybe whoever buys the Terminator franchise can employ Whedon to direct the next sequel.

He certainly would make it more watchable than McG‘s Terminator Salvation (although, to his credit, that movie grossed over $370 million worldwide). A rep for Halcyon tells Variety,

[The Terimnator franchise] is a unique asset — the only Hollywood tentpole asset that’s not owned by a studio. We have a property that has made three times the box office of the four [Teenage Mutant Ninja] Turtles films.”

The Ninja Turtles? Is that the only franchise they could beat box-office wise? That’s pretty bad.

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