When an actor or actress joins a big blockbuster franchise, they’re pretty much on board for whatever the future holds, if only because it’s a near-guarantee for a few paychecks that they won’t have to fight for elsewhere. Therefore, if an actor thinks that it’s a better idea to not proceed with sequels in a given franchise, then things must be pretty hopeless.
That’s where a recent conversation with Terminator Genisys star Jai Courtney (promoting his role in Suicide Squad, opening this week) comes into play. The actor was asked about the future of the Terminator franchise, which has been up in the air since Terminator Genisys underperformed last year. First any sequel was said to be canceled, but then Arnold Schwarzenegger said it was still happening. But if Jai Courtney has his way, he thinks the franchise should pack it up for awhile. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Here’s how you know the Terminator series is in a rut: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator Genisys were all announced as the first film in a new trilogy, only for those direct sequels to never materialize. Each of the past three sequels in this once-untouchable series has been an attempt to reboot the whole thing, to build the foundation for the future of the franchise, only for the entire enterprise to end in tears.
Terminator Genisys was critically reviled, shrugged off by audiences, and a box office disappointment, grossing less than $100 million at the domestic box office. And despite a major cliffhanger and the promise of more films to follow, star Emilia Clarke says she will not be back for any future sequels.
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It’s no secret that Terminator Genisys wasn’t the movie that most of the franchise’s fans were hoping for and it certainly wasn’t the box office hit that Paramount Pictures hoped that it would be. The previously planned sequels were put on indefinite hold, supposedly so a readjustment could be made to the future of the film series, but then any follow-up was seemingly canceled back in January. It’s certainly a bummer that we won’t see the franchise continue, but that’s what happens when the studio makes a mediocre movie.
However, there was some decent work done on the movie in the visual effects department, especially when it comes to recreating a younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger to fight the aged Terminator who has been taking care of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in this wholly confusing alternate timeline. A new Terminator Genisys visual effects breakdown has just debuted online, showing how much work went into the sequel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
And just like that, the Terminator franchise may be finally, officially dead. For now.
Following poor box office, turgid reviews, and an audience response that amounted to little more than a shrug, Paramount has pulled the planned sequel to Terminator Genisys off its calendar. In its place is the upcoming Baywatch movie, which should allow you fully appreciate just how little faith the studio has in this once-mighty franchise. There is only one possible direction for this series to go next: a full-on remake in 2030 or so. It truly feels like all other options have been exhausted.
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Back in the summer of 2014, director James Cameron teased that we might get to see Terminator 2: Judgment Day get converted to 3D, just like the theatrical re-release of the director’s Titanic a few years ago. And while there were no solid plans to make it happen at the time, now Terminator 2 3D is becoming a reality, and it will hit theaters in 2016. Get the details below! Read More »
It’s no secret that Terminator Genisys wasn’t the hit that Paramount Pictures hoped it would be this past summer. The film only pulled in just under $90 million at the domestic box office, and while it raked in a surprising additional $350 million in international box office receipts (with the movie opening huge in China), it’s not enough to keep the studio from rethinking the future of the franchise.
But it’s not just the financial return that’s a problem, because the movie has a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst rated movie in the Terminator franchise. And so, that makes the Terminator Genisys Honest Trailer quite the hilarious roast of this unnecessarily complex and unwanted sequel. Read More »
It’s no secret that a lot of Hollywood blockbusters use a significant amount of visual effects to bring certain sequences to life on the big screen. And in addition to making fantastical scenarios look as real as possible, visual effects are also used for more subtle things such as set extension. In the case of Terminator Genisys, a heavy dose of both were used as evidenced in this behind the scenes featurette from the climax of the sci-fi sequel.
Watch the Terminator Genisys visual effects featurette below, but beware of spoilers! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Terminator franchise isn’t dead – it’s resting. At least that’s the message coming out of Skydance Productions, who had to watch Terminator Genisys take a pummeling at the domestic box office this summer. Still, there’s fight left in this ‘ol franchise and Skydance Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg insists that after a few weeks of recuperating at the spa and maybe a little counseling, the series will be back and ready to win over the hearts and minds of the American public once again.
Hit the jump for her full comments regarding the future of the Terminator franchise.
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Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger has touted the iconic line “I’ll be back” in the Terminator franchise over and over again, it turns out that might not end up being true after this latest round of the sci-fi film series.
This past summer, Terminator: Genisys didn’t do so hot at the domestic box office, and the future of the series was uncertain. But its performance in international markets, especially China, indicated that the franchise continuing might still be a possibility. However, a small mention of future Terminator sequels has revealed Paramount Pictures has put any future Terminator sequels on hold indefinitely. Read More »
Before Terminator: Genisys hit theaters this past summer, Paramount Pictures was hopeful that the sequel, which also functions as a franchise reboot, would be a big hit for them. The studio even scheduled two sequels to arrive in 2017 and 2019. However, when the film only rounded up a disappointing $89 million, the future of the franchise remained uncertain.
But nearly a couple of months after being released in the United States, the film hit the big screen in China where it landed $27 million in a single day, making it the 4th best opening day ever for a Hollywood movie in China, just behind Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
And since then, the Terminator Genisys box office overseas has only gotten bigger, with a total that just might be enough to get a sequel for fans who are still curious to see what happens in this new Terminator timeline. Read More »