It does not instill me with great confidence regarding the future of the "Terminator" franchise, knowing that any installments yet to come will be based on who the highest bidder is rather than who has the best idea or the most compelling story idea.
My opinion on the "Terminator" series hasn't endeared me to fandom to a large degree, but I don't care. My loyalty is to the two James Cameron films, and nothing else. Those films work together elegantly, and they tell a complete story. At the end of "Terminator 2," there wasn't anything I felt had to be explained or followed up. The story was done. The future had been reclaimed. The human experience of the "Terminator" films was the story of Sarah Connor trying to secure a real future for her son, and thanks to "Terminator 2," she did.
I don't hate "Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines" or "Terminator: Salvation," but I don't really think of them as essential, either. Same with "The Sarah Connor Chronicles." There's good work being done in them, but it all turns into a rehash, a wheel-spin, a pointless exercise in franchise extension.
And, yes, I've heard the notion that we needed more movies because we "needed" to see the future war. I disagree. I think that's what fanboys think they wanted, but just like The Clone Wars, seeing it is pure anti-climax. What was handled just right, due in no small part to budget in the first film, has instead become a narrative dead-end that Hollywood is determined to explore no matter what. Or at least, that seemed like the plan when The Halcyon Company was producing the films with McG onboard as the architect of the Future War. Sam Worthington was being groomed as the new lead of the franchise, hoping to usher in a new era in the series. On TV, "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" was an almost-complete reworking of continuity, and if nothing else, it gave us Summer Glau as a Terminator, which was enjoyable on a purely aesthetic level.
Now the man who originally brought us Summer Glau is hoping to bring us his own take on the iconic characters, and he's decided to put in his bid on the franchise in the most logical place: on Nikki Finke's website.