To say the Terminator franchise has had a roller coaster history would be understating things. It’s actually more like a see saw.
Things started off strong with The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. These films are considered classics that fans watch repeatedly and professors use in film classes.
Unfortunately, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is where things started to go downhill. That hot mess was followed up by the reboot Terminator: Salvation starring Christian Bale. Though the story examined a different timeline of the war between humans and machines, it still wasn’t enough to jump-start the franchise.
In between movie mistakes, there was the bright spot TV series The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Lena Heady starred as Sarah Conner, who takes John and a friendly Terminator (Summer Glau) back in time to stop SkyNet from happening. Despite critical acclaim and cult status, low ratings led to an early cancellation.
After a lengthy break, 2015 delivered Terminator: Genisys, a new take on the story already told in the first film. However, fans were not thrilled with the idea of the timeline being completely reset on one of their all time favorites and this film flopped as well.
Though Genisys currently stands at 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, studio execs are still determined to make new Terminator movies. Perhaps it’s because the franchise has grossed $1.8 billion worldwide.
In a recent interview with Collider, SkyDance’s David Ellison promised a new announcement about the franchise’s future very soon.
“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,” said Ellison. “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.”
Though Ellison is obviously being vague on purpose, the big secret could only be a movie or TV show. Any other decision would not be that big of a deal.
Stories have been circulating for a while that James Cameron would return to take over the story he started. However, since he’s currently making like 47 Avatar sequels that seems unlikely at this point.
Despite all the speculation, history would suggest it’s time for the studio to leave Terminator alone for a long while and let fans really miss it.
There are plenty of cable viewings and DVDs of the first two classics to keep them satisfied for the time being.