Terminator Franchise Not on Hold, Just ‘Re-Adjusting’

The Terminator Franchise will be back, eventually 

Terminator Genisys made its way into theaters this summer and, despite a fresh new concept for the 31-year-old franchise, the film went on to sit at just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and bring in just $89 million at the domestic box office. Worldwide, the Terminator franchise entry fared a little better, bringing in global gross of $440 million. The film’s returns were still seen as a disappointment, however, and have since lead to talks that the already-planned sequels for “Genisys,” both set for release in 2017 and 2018, had been but on hold.

Speaking at TheWrap’s Annual Media Leadership Conference, Skydance chief creative officer Dana Goldberg opened up about where the series currently stands, dispelling talk that the series future had been terminated.

“Do we intend to have a next step of Terminator? Yes, we do,” she said. “I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting. At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises. So the idea of a Terminator TV show fits into that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”

Goldberg went on to reveal that they’ll be listening to the audience about what they do and don’t want to see for the Terminator franchise moving forward, saying that they’ll be using “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 we take with the franchise is the right one.”

The process of finding what the audience wants, however, means that production on another film won’t begin in the not-too-distant future.

“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.”

Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the franchise, saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger along with new cast members Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-hun Lee, and Matt Smith.

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