As everyone knows, “Terminator Genisys” was not the reboot/retcon Paramount were hoping for. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger returned, the confusing narrative did the film no favors, and audiences were largely disinterested (except in China, where the movie did quite well). The studio swiftly took a planned sequel off the schedule, and then came the news a couple months back that “The Terminator” was going to be rebooted with “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller directing, all but ensuring anything ‘Genisys’-related was scrapped. But in case you need a final nail in the coffin on that word, well, you’ve got it.
The New York Daily News reports that anything tied to ‘Genisys’ is dead, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s involvement with the franchise as a whole.
“It is over for ‘The Terminator’ and Arnold,” a source told the paper. “The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no preproduction or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening.”
Again, duh, and the ending of Arnie’s involvement makes a lot of sense, too. Audiences have clearly had their fill of the T-800, and are looking for a new spin on this increasingly tired series.
So, the pressure is on Skydance CEO David Ellison to deliver, and he promises fans will get what they’ve always wanted.
“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,’ ” he told Collider, adding that an announcement would be coming this year.
Well, we’ll see. They’ve had the chance to get it right a few times, and frankly, it’s hard to imagine them screwing it up any further. But if you have a pitch for a new ‘Terminator’ movie, let us know in the comments section.