Terminator Director James Cameron Wonders If 'Machines Have Already Won'

terminator_300.jpgApril 19 might just seem like another date to you, but in the annals of Terminator history, it's the date when Skynet became a sentient being and set out to destroy mankind. To commemorate this occasion, TMZ asked James Cameron for a few words about the fictional event, and the King of 3-D put everything into a fairly bleak perspective.

Wrote Cameron in a statement:

"[I]nstead of nuclear war and the machines taking over, we need to worry about global climate change. And the machines taking over. With everybody going through their lives bent over their Blackberries all day long, you could even argue the machines have already won."

Uplifting! Not that anyone around the offices of Movieline HQ is surprised. Now if you'll excuse me, my Blackberry is buzzing...

· 'Terminator' Creator: Cell Phones Are The New Skynet [TMZ]


  • The Winchester says:

    Not to bust my nerd side out, but I always believed that Skynet came online and aware in August of 1997.
    As that's what the Terminator said in part 2, the quickening.

  • jtagliere says:

    Winchester, you are correct, but the timeline kept changing in different media, so the new date is from The Sarah Connor Chronicles. 1997 was Internet's childhood so the commemoration wasn't as quick to spread back then.

  • Martini Shark says:

    I knew this day was coming! Just to be safe tonight I will forego the blender drinks!

  • Ray says:

    Global climate change doesn't pose a fraction of the risk of artificial intelligence. Not that blackberries (what a stupid thing to say) have anything to do with that.

  • The Winchester says:

    Cameron quickly noted that the one smartphone that wouldn't start armageddon was ironically the Android, which coincidentally offered a free digital copy of Avatar with purchase.

  • Dimo says:

    If we go by this timeline from the T.V. show, then Judgement Day is this Thursday, April 21...My Birthday! Nostradimos has spoken!

  • Edward Wilson says:

    Skynet = 3-D movies!

  • casting couch says:

    Wash day tomorrow. Nothing clean.

  • Jake says:

    I never watched Sarah Connor Chronicles, but I was the one on my junior high soccer team that announced Judgment Day Day (?) back on August 29th, 1997, and everyone remembered. It sounds much more ominous out loud to say "August 29th, (pause) 1997!" then "April 19th, 2011." April is the least scary month name. And 2011 is not a scary number.

  • Hollyfeld says:

    James Cameron = massively self absorbed, boring hack.
    Shame. Accolades have done nothing other than prompt JC to explore the inner workings of his own anus for over a decade now. Titanic ruined him.

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