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'Terminator' gets an agent

May 27, 2010 | 11:42 am

Everyone in Hollywood needs an agent, right? Now, the future of the time-bending science-fiction franchise "Terminator" rests with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Santa Barbara hedge fund Pacificor, which won the rights to make future "Terminator" movies in a controversial February bankruptcy auction that pitted Pacificor against Sony Pictures and Lionsgate, has signed talent agency WME to represent the rights, the two companies confirmed in an announcement Thursday.

WME actually has been handling the rights since March, after talks Pacificor held with Sony and Lionsgate for the two studios to make future "Terminator" sequels fell apart. The agency is looking for a new studio or financier to put together a fifth movie after last year's "Terminator Salvation," the fourth in the 26-year-old series, which was was released by Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures to mixed results.

-- Ben Fritz


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Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." Credit: Robert Zuckerman / Warner Bros. Pictures