The 'Terminator' Franchise Will Live On, Despite its Unclear Future

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 9:35PM
Terminator: Genisys
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 9:35PM
The 'Terminator' Franchise Will Live On, Despite its Unclear Future
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It seems like just yesterday we were saying the Terminator franchise was dead in the water. Well, despite those bleak reports that future sequels were being put on hold, it now looks like Terminator is coming back - with an announcement about the next film in the franchise coming later this year.

David Ellison, the head of Terminator's production studio Skydance Media, told Collider that we can expect to hear about a new Terminator film in the coming months. Not only that, but this apparently Schwarzenegger-free film is somehow going to be the sequel we've all wanted since Terminator 2 debuted as one of the greatest sci-fi flicks ever back in '91. Here's exactly what Ellison said:

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"I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it's going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2 ... We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It's something we're incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head."
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It's tough not to be skeptical about Ellison's optimism since the franchise has now blown three chances (Genisys, Salvation, and Rise of the Machines) to give T2 a proper follow up, but there's one major asset that none of those films had: James Cameron. After writing and directing the franchise's first two films, the filmmaker left the series to make tons of money elsewhere, and has watched from the outside as it quickly became a shell of its former self.

But now, Cameron is rumored to be returning to the Terminator franchise in some major capacity, and we're hoping that his comeback is the reason why Ellison suddenly seems confident in touting the next Terminator film as the best in nearly three decades.

As far as when Skydance's announcement might come in 2017, Comic-Con certainly seems like the most logical place for them to spill the beans on Terminator's future. It's the one venue that's guaranteed to have both loads of fans and media coverage this year, and announcing something like James Cameron's involvement with a proper Terminator 2 sequel at long last would absolutely blow the roof off the place, and get us into theaters to see it faster than a T-800 on a motorcycle.
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