The Halcyon Co., a privately financed shingle, has ponied up tens of millions of dollars for franchise rights to the Terminator film series, Reuters reports. The plan is to immediately commence preproduction on Terminator 4 with an eye on an early-2009 release, and to serve as the first entry in what will be a new trilogy. Though an existing script for No. 4 was part of the deal, no talent or distributor is yet on board.