Things aren’t looking good for the sequel to ‘Terminator: Genisys‘ as the film has been put on an indefinite hold. While critics had mixed reviews for the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise, the movie did still seem to have a successful worldwide box office release. That is of course until we learned why Paramount Pictures is going to be holding off on a follow up. Reports are in that the movie’s $440 million worldwide draw didn’t actually earn Paramount Pictures or Skydance any money and in fact lost them some. The film’s budget was $155 million though marketing appears to have gobbled up the rest of the profits.
If they do continue with the franchise maybe they should think about hiring a marketing team that doesn’t spoil the movie’s big surprise in the previews. Just a thought.
Where we are shown the breakdown happens on the film’s losses, it also states that “the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely.” Even though they currently have both 2017 and 2019 release dates for the follow up films, it doesn’t sound as if things are going to be moving forward at any point soon. Of course, with the rights returning to James Cameron in 2019 if Paramount wants any chance of still cashing in on the franchise they would have to get another film or two into production much sooner than later.
At this point it’s hard to say if the next attempt will be a sequel or an attempt at a stand alone film. If they have to continue using their option on the rights, I would prefer they finish off the franchise instead of trying to start fresh. It isn’t as if the studio has a lot of time to do another reboot and actually make much out of it aside from a single film.
Were you looking forward to the sequels to ‘Terminator: Genisys or do you think that they should just give in and let the rights go quietly into the night? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film