Terminator: Genisys proved to be pretty poor, and it didn’t do well at the box office either, nixing plans for a new trilogy with Paramount understandably pulling the first sequel from their schedule. Then in January this year it was reported that James Cameron was regaining some rights to the franchise and that he was in early talks with Deadpool‘s Tim Miller to direct. Skydance CEO recently told Collider:
“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. 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”.
Now there’s no mention of Arnie there, but he still thinks he’s going to be in the next film, saying to Fandango the other day:
“I’m looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes. I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things – I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it – that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!”
Whilst I’ve always been fond of Arnie, he’s not the box office draw that he was with most of his recent efforts flopping, and I think that he maybe he should just say goodbye to the Terminator. As for any future films, it does sound like some of the lessons of Genisys have been learnt. While the first two films in the franchise will probably never be matched, there’s certainly plenty of potential here.