We reported yesterday that Hannover House and Red Bear Entertainment were making a new 3D animated film based off The Terminator called Terminator 3000 and now Deadline New York is reporting that Pacificor, the company which holds the rights to the franchise, has issued a cease and desist order to stop the film.
Hannover House CEO Eric Parkinson told the site that the news made public because solely because one of the potential partners in the project had spoken publicly about it, and that he was still awaiting word from William Morris Endeavor, the agency that is representing Pacificor. He also said that he had "proprietary rights" to make the film in the animated format, since he once headed up the home video division of Hemdale, which made the original Terminator film.
"The animation rights were excluded when Hemdale sold Terminator to Carolco and when I left Hemdale, part of my settlement was that I got those rights," Hannover told me. "However, the way the rest of the contractual rights are written, it would be dangerous for us to do this without Pacificor's approval. They have certain intellectual rights. The best way to put it is, they can't make an animated film without me, and we might not be able to make it without them. We are in discussions with WME, and hope we can deal with this expeditiously."
Parkinson also told the site that he had received the cease and desist order and made Pacificor aware of his rights to make the film, which would entitled Pacificor to a large fee if the film is made.
"We've arranged a meeting, 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."
You can CLICK HERE to read the full cease and desist order and we'll be sure to keep you posted with any news regarding this new animated film based off The Terminator as soon as we have more information.