The Terminator franchise cannot be killed by conventional methods, as the latest nuggets of news from the Skynet-powered series have shown.
As was reported in January, Skydance head honcho David Ellison is plotting something big for The Terminator. Back then, reports were that James Cameron himself was readying a new take for Deadpool director Tim Miller to take on. Cameron wanted to be a “godfather” to his living-tissue-over-a-metal-endoskeleton baby.
Speaking to Collider, Ellison didn’t confirm whether that was still the plan, but he’s obviously very, very excited about something.
“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2,” he said. “We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”
Since T2, you say? Is that a hint about Cameron? Or is it just acknowledging that the last unequivocally good Terminator film was back in 1991?
Anyway, Ellison’s enthusiasm lines up with the report that a sequel to Terminator: Genisys is finally, definitively, decidedly dead at Paramount with the revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided that he didn’t want to come back.
The New York Times quoted a source as saying that “It is over for The Terminator and Arnold. The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no preproduction or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening. The Genisys movie was seen as a way of reviving (the franchise), but the critics were not happy and somehow the studio bosses fell out of love with making more, even though they made huge profits.”
Terminator: Genisys was seen as something of a puzzler, making enough money to avoid being a disaster, but not drawing the kind of numbers that the studio had hoped for. And yes, the reviews were pretty dire, as the film got so wrapped up in making sure it fit in with the established story while creating its own that it kind of forgot to be entertaining.
Still, let’s wait and see what the big announcement is later this year. Maybe they’ll finally crack this problem that has bested three films.
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