Skydance CCO Says TERMINATOR Franchise Is "Not On Hold, But Re-Adjusting"

Even though it managed to perform pretty well worldwide, Terminator: Genisys didn't really make much of a lasting impression at the domestic box office this past summer. With rumors circulating about the franchise being put on hold, a Skydance exec has decided to clarify..


"There is no fate, but what we make."

Skydance's latest Terminator sequel, Terminator: Genisys, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger (Jingle All The Way) & Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), didn't exactly set the domestic box office on fire this past summer, bringing in just over $89 million, but despite that, it still managed to make a pretty significant impression at the foreign box office with a collection of over $350 million, nearly four times as much as its domestic total. Its current global worldwide gross is a little over $440 million.

A few days ago, a report surfaced suggesting that because of the disappointing domestic results, Paramount Pictures & Skydance Productions had placed the two already announced Terminator sequels on an indefinte hold, but yesterday, at TheWrap's 6th Annual Media Leadership Conference TheGrill, Skydance's Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg directly addressed these rumors and asserted that the franchise was definitely not on hold: "I wouldn't say on hold, so much as re-adjusting." What does this mean exactly? Well, according to Goldberg, it sounds like they're not only still developing their new Terminator trilogy, but also still working on that television series, which was announced in 2013: “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.

When addressing the box office collection, she referred to the ever-changing global box office: “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."

As for the Genisys sequel, which is already slated for a May 19, 2017 release date, it sounds like even with the franchise reportedly not on hold, the film will still be somewhat delayed as its expected production start date has already been pushed back: “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.” 

Based on these comments, it sure looks like Skydance is really working hard to reimagine their Terminator franchise and restore it back to its early '90s glory days. What do you guys think? Sound off with your thoughts below!


When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

 
Terminator: Genisys will feature:
Director: Alan Taylor
Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original T-800
Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor
Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese
Jason Clarke as John Connor/T-3000
J.K. Simmons as Detective O'Brien
Matt Smith as Tim/T-5000
Lee Byung-hun as the T-1000
Courtney B. Vance as Miles Dyson
Dayo Okeniyi as Danny Dyson
Gregory Alan Williams as Detective Harding
Sandrine Holt as Detective Cheung
Michael Gladis as Lietenant Matias
Aaron V. Williamson as Guardian/young T-800
Nolan Gross as Skynet

Terminator: Genisys hits Blu-ray/DVD November 10

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