Several weeks ago we pondered what did the future hold for the Terminator Franchise considering the lukewarm response it received from both at the box office and from critics and audiences alike. One of our possible timelines we suggested was “the studio heads might acknowledge that they dodged a bullet, be content they didn’t lose any money and shelve all future Terminator projects (including the planned Terminator television series)”. Well according to a source at the The Hollywood Reporter, that final speculation may have come true.
In their article, they report the following:
Ellison, 32, went very public to promote the first film that he produced himself, Terminator: Genisys. He sat for a profile in GQ and gave an interview to The New York Times in which he outlined plans for a Terminator “universe.” Declaring that he wanted his company to be another Marvel, he said he had two sequels and a television show in the works. Paramount CEO Brad Grey told the Times, “On a creative level, we certainly have come to rely on David,” while Jerry Bruckheimer, at work with Ellison on a Top Gun reboot, added that Ellison had “really good story ideas.”
By the time the Times article appeared, Terminator: Genisys had opened to a soft $27 million domestic, and the article suggested that the film illustrated a hard truth: “Paying for movies is one thing. Steering them creatively is another.” The film did well overseas, especially in China, where it grossed $112 million. But the $150 million-plus movie still will lose money, and sources say the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely.
If this “on hold indefinitely” status turns out to be true (and the Hollywood Reporter is known to be a reliable news source), then it’s a sad day for Terminator Fans… especially to the portion of followers that agreed with James Cameron and felt “Terminator: Genisys” was the first sequel worthy to the original classic films T1 and T2. Unfortunately, it looks like this planned trilogy “won’t be back”… and Terminator fans will sadly be at a loss because of it.