Before Terminator Genisys did its big belly flop on American shores, star Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed that he'd 'be back' in two more sequels. Not long after, Skydance and Paramount announced that Terminator Genisys 2 would be arriving in 2017, with Terminator Genisys 3 to follow in 2018. But when the first of this proposed trilogy finally made its domestic debut, it could barley push itself to $90 million, arriving as Rotten with just 26% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Overseas, the quasi-sequel/reboot proved to be a hit. It earned $440 million. But Paramount still considered this a disappointment, and last we heard, the franchise was on /terminator-genisys-2-sequels-delayed/indefinite hold. Now, Skydance chief creative officer Dana Goldberg has spoken publicly. She says the series is moving forward into the future. But not without some major 're-adjusting'. About Terminator Genisys 2 and Terminator Genisys 3 she had this to say.
Do we intend to have a next step of Terminator? Yes, we do. I wouldn't say on hold, so much as re-adjusting."
Dana Goldberg was speaking from The Wrap's 6th Annual Media Leadership Conference. She not only confirmed the continuation of Terminator Genisys as a new trilogy. She also gave some insight into the often talked about Terminator TV series, which is said to tie into Terminator Genisys and its two sequels.
"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."
Though Terminator Genisys performed quite poorly in the states, not living up to expectations, Dana Goldberg claims the studio is ultimately happy with the outcome of the first installment. Though, they are going to seriously listen to fans moving forward. They want to fix what's wrong, yet keep the elements that worked. Perhaps, it will be more of a reboot as this series continues into the future. About the box office and how it affects development on future sequels, the CCO had this to say.
"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."
Skydance and Paramount will use data and research from across the world in deciding how Terminator Genisys 2 and Terminator Genisys 3 should move forward. They plan to study and talk to audiences about what they loved and what they hated about Terminator Genisys. The studios want the next step to be the right one. But the process is likely to delay the films, even though the 2017 and 2018 release dates for the sequels haven't been pulled yet. About that, Dana Goldberg had this to say.
"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."
Do you think there was enough good stuff in Terminator Genisys to salvage this franchise? Or did you hate the entire thing? Do you want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger continue to reprise his role as the T-800? Or should this series just quit while it's ahead. Speak your mind now, those in power claim to be listening!