TERMINATOR Franchise Not 'On Hold' - Just 'Readjusting'

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 09 October 2015

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You have to admire the impact that wording can have on a matter. You could describe something as a delicately-crafted, lovingly-nurtured piece of exquisite brown clay, yet to others it is literally just a turd. Which brings us nicely on to the future of the Terminator franchise.

With this year’s Terminator Genisys having disappointed many (including Paramount Pictures and Skydance), reports came out earlier this month to say that all future Terminator movies were ‘on hold’ for the foreseeable future. That’s quite the kick in the teeth for the series considering how Genisys was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy of films.

But today the term ‘on hold’ has been shot down and replaced with ‘readjusting’. Of course, because that sounds infinitely better…

Speaking at The Wrap’s Annual Media Leadership Conference, Skydance’s Dana Goldberg explained, “Do we intend to have a next step of Terminator? Yes, we do. I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as readjusting. At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises. So the idea of a Terminator TV show fits in that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”

Seemingly the audience will have a large say in how things develop, with Goldberg added that they’ll be using “date 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 step we take with the franchise is the right one.”

You know Dana, sometimes there just doesn’t need to be a next step.

All good things come to an end, and most people would likely agree that the Terminator franchise should’ve stopped after T-2 or maybe even Rise of the Machines at a push. Lord knows nobody needed to see the abomination that was Terminator Salvation.

As for Terminator Genisys, it actually wasn’t all that bad in the end. Sure, it had its problems, but it looked like Citizen Kane when compared to Salvation. The problem was that Genisys massively underwhelmed at the box office, particularly in the US. In total, the film took home $440 million, although $112 million of that came purely from China. Then there’s the fact that the movie cost over $150 million to make, and by the time all is said done it will end up making a loss for Skydance and Paramount.

On hold? Readjusting? Whatever. Just don’t be expecting Arnie to be back any time soon.


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