Coming off the heels of numerous news reports that the Terminator: Genisys trilogy was placed on “hold indefinitely” due to its struggling domestic box office earnings and less than enthusiastic critical response, Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg weighed in today on the future of the Terminator franchise. Here is what she had to say about their plans being on hold:
“Do we intend to have a next step of Terminator? Yes, we do. I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as readjusting. We’re ultimately happy with overall worldwide numbers. Do I wish we would have done better domestically? Absolutely. Happily, we live in the world where the domestic number had a level of importance 10 or 15 years ago — I’m not saying it’s not important, it is — but we have to play to a worldwide market. In terms of Terminator the worldwide market paid attention, but we’re not taking the domestic number lightly.
We are not going to begin production at the beginning of next year, because again, it would be silly to not have to worry about what audiences have to say. We plan to use data 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.”
If you recall in our previous editorial, we anticipated future installments of the Terminator would have to be reworked or readjusted. We speculated that “if the studio does decide to proceed with the next film in the Genisys trilogy, it’s logical that the decision makers would make an effort to “right some wrongs” in the eyes of audiences.. a sign to the critics and discontent filmgoers that their complaints were indeed heard. A director change would likely occur, as well as a reduced budget. A “soft reboot” might be discussed where they replace Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney with other more credible actors.. because their performances (at least with critics) were almost universally panned. They might scrap and distance themselves from the Genisys trilogy entirely and create an entirely new standalone Terminator film.”
Now it seems one or all of these changes are likely being considered.
So what’s in store for the Terminator Franchise? Another film? Just a television show? No one knows for sure, however all we can confirm at this point unfortunately is Terminator 6 and Terminator 7 of the “Genisys trilogy” is no longer scheduled for release on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018 respectively. Hopefully the “readjustment” will keep the trilogy intact and ultimately just result in better casting, direction and a tighter script.
Either way, we here at Skynet’s Army plan to continue to show our support for the Genisys Trilogy through THIS PETITION for we believe (along with James Cameron) that the Terminator: Genisys film was a great followup to T2 and the three film arc should be finished!
There is no fate but what we make for ourselves…