They really just need to leave this franchise alone for the next 20 years or so then hit the reset button altogether.Panapaok wrote:Jeff Sneider @TheInSneider
BREAKING: Paramount takes TERMINATOR 2 off its release schedule. It was previously scheduled for May 19, 2017.
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‘Terminator 6’ Still Happening, According to Arnold Schwarzenegger
Terminator Genisys was supposed to launch a whole new era for the series. It was planned as the first in a trilogy, with an TV series planned somewhere down the line. Instead, it underperformed at the box office, got panned by critics, and generally disappointed fans. It wasn’t too surprising, then, when word got out a few weeks later that the future of the franchise could be in jeopardy.
But much like the Terminator himself, the Terminator series isn’t easily stopped. In a recent interview, star Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested a sixth Terminator film could still be coming.
Schwarzenegger sat down with Weekend Today (via The Telegraph) a morning show on Australia’s Channel 9, for an interview. When asked about the possibility of his appearing in another Terminator film, the actor responded, “I am looking forward to it, absolutely.” That’s not an ironclad confirmation, and it doesn’t serve up any new details we didn’t already know. Still, Schwarzenegger’s comment suggests a Terminator 6 is happening if plans had been scrapped, as some have speculated, he probably would have responded differently.
Terminator Genisys is one of about a half a billion “legacyquels” that have hit screens in the past few years, with very mixed results. The best of them, like Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, pay their respects to the earlier icons while firmly passing the torch to a new generation of characters and storylines. Terminator Genisys, however, struggled to establish Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney as the new leads, and instead depended on the aging Schwarzenegger to provide most of the charm. As a result, it failed to establish much buzz especially at home, where it couldn’t even crack $100 million.
Overseas, however, it was a different story. Terminator Genisys was a hit in some foreign markets including China, where it racked up $113 million. (For comparison, Pacific Rim earned $111 million and that was good enough for Legendary to put a sequel in development.) Moreover, Terminator is still a popular brand name, and one Paramount would probably prefer not to let lie fallow.
When we’ll actually see Terminator 6, however, remains an open question. Paramount originally had May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018 set aside for Terminator 6 and Terminator 7, but the studio quietly pulled them off the calendar after Terminator Genisys opened. For the fans’ sake, I kind of hope they take their time. While the first two Terminator films are stone-cold classics and always will be, the three that have followed have done a lot to tarnish the Terminator brand. If Paramount insists on firing up the Terminator again, let’s hope they actually make it worth our while.
Emilia Clarke Says She Won't Be Appearing In The 'Terminator: Genisys' Sequels That Probably Won't Be Made Anyway
While "Fantastic Four" takes the crown for the ugliest blockbuster reboot flop of 2015, "Terminator: Genisys" comes in a close second. Paramount's attempt to revive the franchise, while also retconning the storyline we've known so far, was a muddled mess, a movie that was continually pulled between going in a new direction, and referencing every iconic moment in the series. At first claiming they were going to be "re-adjusting" the approach for the planned sequel, the studio wound up taking it off their schedule altogether, and now one of the principal players says she won't be back.
Asked by ComingSoon if she'd be reprising her role as Sarah Connor, Emilia Clarke made it very clear — "No" — adding "I have some very different roles coming up."
Many years ago it was said that the rights to the franchise will revert back to James Cameron in 2018, but who knows how the legal stuff in that time has changed. And anyway, he's busy making "Avatar" movies for the foreseeable future. So you can probably count "The Terminator" franchise as dead for now, but like any branded property in Hollywood, it's only a matter of time until someone tries reviving it again.