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‘The Terminator’ franchise has been through its share of ups and downs throughout its 33-year history.  We’re in what most would consider to be a “down point”, with the most recent entry in the series, ‘Terminator Genisys,‘ causing fans to lose faith in the future of the franchise.

It’s not all bad news, however: even though ‘Genisys’ underperformed badly here in the US, it did make over $350 million in its global release, so the franchise is definitely still seen as financially viable.  James Cameron has regained creative control of the franchise and seems prepared to pump new life into the fictional universe, with a new film already announced, to be directed by ‘Deadpool’ helmer Tim Miller.

As for the originator of the on-screen titular anti-hero?  In a recent interview, Arnold Schwarzenegger waxed poetic about what he believes to be the heart and soul of the cinematic series:

“I think the T-800 model is a really interesting character. He’s a machine, can be destructive, can do things human beings can’t do, but at the same time when newer technology comes along the character suddenly is vulnerable and that makes him even more interesting.”

Schwarzenegger also spoke about the future of the franchise, where he apparently already has a spot reserved:

“It’s hard to come up with new ideas when you stay within that framework. I think [James] Cameron and Tim [Miller] came up with a concept where they can continue on with the T-800 but make a whole new movie. What they are doing now with this one is basically to just take a few very basic characters, like Linda Hamilton’s character and my character, and dismiss everything else. Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and other characters.”

It’s still a few years away from being a reality, but here’s hoping the next film in the ‘Terminator’ series will be what we all hope it can.

The new, currently-untitled Terminator film is expected to be released in US theaters sometime in 2019.