Despite all the recent signs pointing to the final “power down” on the Terminator franchise, it will never be dead if star Arnold Schwarzenegger has anything to do with it – for it seems that the 33-year-old franchise still has life in it.
Speaking to Fandango while promoting his new film Aftermath, Schwarzenegger was asked about the future of the series given that in the last couple of weeks word had reached the film community that it was, well, terminated. After the critical and financial disappointment of 2015’s Terminator Genisys, which was seen as the jump-off for a new trilogy of films, a mooted sixth film was nixed from Paramount Pictures’ schedule.
Then David Ellison, CEO of Skydance who produced Genisys said the series would continue and had a “bright future”. Rumours abound that said future could involve creator James Cameron, who was rumoured to be plotting a new film with Deadpool director Tim Miller with the rights to the franchise heading back to Cameron in 2018. So far, so confusing – but now the T-101 himself has said that he thinks there will be more from the cyborgs soon, saying:
“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?”
Released in the summer of 2015, Genisys flopped at the box office taking just under $90million however worldwide the film brought in $350million and brought its total up to $440million – which despite being labelled a disappointment is the 2nd highest worldwide gross of the series. The film went back to 1984 when the original was set but with events changing, a new timeline was created. Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and J.K. Simmons co-starred to little effect.
So it seems Schwarzenegger would like to return once more, so would the combination of he and Cameron be enough to generate interest and save series? Do you want to see another Terminator film or has the franchise jumped the shark a little now? Let us know what you think…