Initially we thought the Terminator franchise was dead after the lukewarm box office returns Genisys received in the US, but now it appears that after the film actually did fairly good business outside of the US, there are still plans to continue with it.
Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg spoke about the Terminator series this week, revealing that there are still plans to move forward, but they are delaying what comes next while new plans are thought out.
“At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises,” Goldberg said Tuesday at TheWrap’s 6th Annual Media Leadership Conference TheGrill. “So the idea of a Terminator TV show fits into that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”
She went on to discuss the films box office success outside of the US, and also revealed her disappointment in the US returns:
“We’re ultimately happy with overall worldwide numbers. Do I wish we would have done better domestically? Absolutely,” she said. “Happily, we live in the world where the domestic number had a level of importance 10 or 15 years ago — I’m not saying it’s not important, it is — but we have to play to a worldwide market. In terms of Terminator, the worldwide market paid attention, but we’re not taking the domestic number lightly.”
Going forward, Skydance plans to use “data and research to do a worldwide study and really talk to audiences about what they loved, and what maybe didn’t work for them, so that the next we take with the franchise is the right one.”
Goldberg then confirmed that production will not go ahead as planned next year on a new movie: “We are not going to begin production at the beginning of next year, because again, it would be silly to not have to worry about what audiences have to say,”
Either way, I reckon we can all expect to see The Terminator back soon.