Terminator Genisys, the first film in the series produced by Skyance Media, didn’t exactly reignite the franchise like everyone hoped that it would, despite a pretty valiant attempt to continue the films by resetting the timeline by having Kyle Reese travels back to an alternate reality where Sarah Connor was raised by a reprogrammed Terminator. The film ended on a mild cliffhanger, leaving room for a sequel. In fact, the film was meant to be the first of a new trilogy, with a television show tie-in as well. Although it made $440.6 million on a $155 million budget, it failed to break even and reviews were unfavorable, calling the film “convoluted” and “muddled”. As a result, Paramount canceled the series and pulled the sixth film from its release schedule and later chose not to pick up the options of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, leaving the future of the franchise grim and uncertain.
Back in January, it was revealed that the franchise rights would return to original creator James Cameron in 2019. Cameron later revealed that he would returning to the series to produce the sixth and final film which was said to be a reboot and conclusion to the franchise, intending for Tim Miller (Deadpool) to direct. Skydance CEO David Ellison was quoted as saying that the new film was going to be in a direction that will provide “the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.” Schwarzenegger later told reporters that Cameron and Paramount were in negotiations with other studios to take the reigns of the franchise and that he had hopes of starring. This week at the Cannes Film Festival, he confirmed that he will indeed be back, saying:
“It is back. It is moving forward. [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie.”
There’s still no word on what the plot will be, as Skydance is still searching for a screenwriter. With Terminator Genisys stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) no longer onboard, it’s a mystery as to where the franchise will go from here (or rather end up). But fans have been clamoring for Cameron to take the reigns back since Terminator 3 so hopefully him doing so will finally get things back on track and the studio won’t fumble the ball again in the future.
Check back for more updates as they become available.
Source: Screen Daily