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October 2, 2015

The TERMINATOR Franchise…Won’t Be Back!

by Reggie's Take

Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his iconic role earlier this summer in Paramount’s Terminator: Genisys, but it may have been the last time according to new reports.

Despite earning over $400 million at the global box office, it appears “Terminator Genisys” is seen as a disappointment by Paramount.

After negative reviews and word-of-mouth “Terminator Genisys” failed to reinvigorate the sci-fi franchise bringing in just $89.7 million at the U.S. box office. According to Paramount the film will still loose money for the studio thus the series and any planned sequels are now on an indefinite hold.

The biggest hurdle for Paramount with the Terminator franchise is that the rights fall back to James Cameron in 2019 and he plans on being busy with his Avatar franchise for the foreseeable future.

What all does this mean exactly for Paramount and the future of the franchise going forward?

It means that Paramount really only has two choices. The first choice would be to re-tool and push ahead with it’s planned sequels in hopes of better financial success, but with little support domestically the franchise does not have the clout it once did.

The second choice is for Paramount to just sit on the franchise and do nothing unless some great story line would come along, but you can only try and kill John Connor so many times before you begin to say to your self, haven’t I seen this before?

Reggie’s Take:
In the grand scheme, Paramount can survive with out the “Terminator” franchise. The studio has plenty of other successful franchises out there to pull in the big money from blockbuster hits at the theaters.

Star Trek Beyond will be hitting theaters next year celebrating its 50th anniversary. The rebooted Star Trek franchise has its supporters and its haters, but the last two movies have seen the highest box office totals for the franchise as a whole. Plus Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are both under contract for a fourth film which shows Paramount is far from done with Star Trek.

Lets not forget the studio is also developing its Transformers shared cinematic universe that will see more sequels and spin-off movies. Transformers: Age of Extinction grossed over $1 billion worldwide in 2014, despite the movie being criticized from both fans and critics.

Sometimes what’s best for a movie franchise is to do nothing let it rest and give the audience a break. Currently movie audiences seem to have little to no interest in newer “Terminator” films.

The only good thing the franchise has going for it is the face of the franchise, Schwarzenegger, but you can’t continue to put the shoulders of a successful film franchise on its star who, lets face it, is getting a bit to old to play the part and still make it seem believable.

If Paramount wants to due right by the franchise then it needs to due the hardest thing imaginable, nothing. Let the franchise go back to James Cameron and let it take a 10 to 15 year retirement. By doing so it might renew interest in the franchise when some movie studio will try and bring it back to life for a new generation of movie fans.

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