If you’re a Terminator fan, you’ve likely got a case of whiplash thanks to the conflicting announcements of the last few months. But let’s recap really quickly.
In 2015, Terminator Genisys was released and was promptly thrown into a vat of molten metal by critics and fans. As a result, the planned trilogy that was supposed to kick off was shelved, and the sequel was pulled from Paramount’s schedule.
But then in January came word that James Cameron was once again involved in the franchise, and that a sixth Terminator movie, one likely unconnected to Genisys, was in the works. This one would feature Cameron as executive producer and Deadpool’s Tim Miller directing. And then just yesterday we heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to leave his terminating days behind him, and that this perhaps put the brakes on Terminator 6.
Ah, but not so fast. Skydance’s David Ellison spoke to Collider, and told them that “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.”
“What fans really wanted since T2?” That can mean one of two things (or both). Perhaps James Cameron is indeed returning to the franchise in a full creative capacity, and that maybe we’ll get some kind of do-over of Terminator: Salvation, the 2009 film that tried to tell the story of John Conner’s war against the machines in the future, which somehow ended up far less compelling than it should have been.
“We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise,” Ellison said. “It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”
Considering that before he said this it looked like the franchise was headed to the scrapyard, we’re intrigued.