No matter how hard audiences try to kill it, the Terminator franchise doesn’t seem to ever want to go down. Following Terminator Salvation, one would expect that exploration in this world would be spent, but Paramount found a way to return to the well with Terminator: Genisys. Sadly, this film didn’t fare too with critics, and it fared even worse at the box office, taking only $440 million worldwide. It’s not a flop by any means, but on a $155 million budget, it likely barely just broken even when all said and done (taking into account print, advertising, and the theater’s cut of the gross.
With profits being so hard to come by in their latest entry, there was no reason for them to expect that another crack at it would make any difference. Just last month, we reported that Paramount had declined a chance to make a follow-up to the underperforming reboot, and with it, the death of the longrunning franchise seemed imminent.
Not so fast!
This is Hollywood. And in Hollywood, any property can be revived at any given moment. Speaking with Fandango, when asked how he felt having to say goodbye to the franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger corrected them.
"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!"
That’s true. As we reported last January, cinema guru James Cameron will be getting the rights back to the franchise in 2018, and when that happens, it sounds like Schwarzenegger is expecting the project to hit the ground running.
"Cameron will be producing it, and there will be another director on it. I’m always looking forward to doing another Terminator, especially if the story is written well and it's really entertains the whole world. And the same is the case with doing another Conan or Triplets -- both those films are being worked on, too."
If you had hoped that Hollywood would let go of this franchise, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it seems like this series will end long after you and I. Let’s just hope that with Cameron righting the ship this time, that we’ll get a story that’s less derivative of the same concept. We need something new and fresh to propel things forward. A to what that could be, I leave it to geniuses like James Cameron to figure out.
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