Terminator: Genisys Sequels Are on Hold Indefinitely

Thursday, 01 October 2015 - 1:36PM
Terminator: Genisys
Thursday, 01 October 2015 - 1:36PM
Terminator: Genisys Sequels Are on Hold Indefinitely
Terminator: Genisys was a huge disappointment to critics and fans alike, earning terrible reviews and going on to become a complete and utter flop at the domestic box office. Everyone began to assume that the planned sequels wouldn't go forward, until the film performed well internationally, giving some hope to the few people who want the franchise to continue. But according to a new report from THR, the film's popularity in China wasn't enough to convince the studio, and the sequels have been put on hold, possibly for good.

Originally, at the behest of investor and producer David Ellison, Paramount was planning an entire Marvel-style Terminator universe (although really, who isn't these days?) including several sequels and a television show. That future seemed to be in jeopardy when Genisys made less than $100 million domestically (compared to a $155 million budget), and then seemed somewhat safe when the film went on to make $440 million worldwide.

But apparently, that's still $10 million short, as the astronomical post-production and marketing costs meant that Genisys would have needed to earn $450 million just to break even, let alone convince the studio to invest in a sequel. Now, THR's sources claim that "the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely."

That being said, anything can happen, as we've seen with Pacific Rim 2 (although that's an emotional roller coaster in itself). But unfortunately for Terminator: Genisys, Pacific Rim benefited from the fact that the movie was beloved, the reviews were great, and the word-of-mouth was strong. Although the Terminator franchise is beloved, the fact that the last three movies have been disasters has destroyed most of that goodwill.
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