This is an open letter to Chief Executive Officer David Ellison and Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions:
Dear Ms. Goldberg & Mr. Ellison,
We are writing to you on behalf of the thousands of Terminator fans who support and subscribe to SKYNETSARMY.com. We hope you will take the time to consider our following request.
This is a direct response to Ms. Goldberg’s announcement at TheWrap’s 6th Annual Media Leadership Conference that future installments of the Terminator film franchise were not on hold but in a state of readjustment, in lieu of conducting a worldwide study of what worked for audiences (as well as what didn’t).
In October 2015, on behalf of Terminator fans across the world, SKYNETSARMY.COM created a petition with the following call to action: “Sign this petition and tell Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures that the rest of the “Terminator Genisys” Trilogy should be made!” To date, since its launch we have gathered 3,215 Facebook Likes and 1,517 ipetition signatures supportive of this measure. While this is a young petition and its support grows every day, we recognize that time may be of the essence and decisions regarding the future of this franchise could likely be on the table now, and therefore we wanted to make sure our voices were indeed heard.
Last month we asked Terminator fans across the world to rank all five films of the Terminator franchise. Overwhelmingly, 75% of fans ranked “Terminator Genisys” as their third favorite film (behind the James Cameron originals), only 11% of fans ranked it in their bottom two and 14% of fans found it worthy to be ranked as one of the best Terminator films to date. In other words, we thank you for “Terminator Genisys” and appreciate the amount of effort you and Skydance put forth in honoring and respecting the universe that James Cameron created.
With the domestic critical and audience reaction nowhere near the level that any of us had hoped, we understand that adjustments need to be made in response. We surmise that casting, writing and directing will all be scrutinized. However, within your entire analysis, we hope our voices are heard and you decide to keep the new timeline intact that “Terminator Genisys” so cleverly established. We would be disheartened to return to the fully explored original Terminator timeline framework and see all these fresh and exciting new story threads discarded after one installment. Many fans are anxiously predicting it was Sarah Connor who sent the Guardian Terminator back in time to protect her younger self, and hope to see Linda Hamilton in that role (a casting choice we feel would bring instant credibility and gravitas to your next installment.)
We hope you consider our request and appreciate your time, and thank you for pouring your love and respect for our beloved franchise into “Terminator Genisys”.
The United Terminator Fans of SKYNET’S ARMY