When Paramount Pictures announced that it was rebooting the Terminator franchise, it was revealed that the movie coming out this year and eventually named Terminator: Genisys would kick off a new trilogy -- a common studio practice these days.
What wasn't really addressed was whether Schwarzenegger would inhabit his signature role in all three films or just Genisys, but it now seems as if the man has answered that question. Asked at a conference in Budapest by The Arnold Fans whether he would film a sixth Terminator picture, Arnold answered, "Yes, of course, next year."
Now, it's true that Paramount has pegged 2017 and 2018 release dates for Terminator 6 and Terminator 7, or whatever they end up being called. But it strikes me that Arnold is being a little presumptuous here (as is the studio). The response to the first Genisys trailer has been lukewarm at best, and it's not like the franchise has been a sure thing at the box office: Terminator: Salvation, in particular, was not a tremendous success. As for Arnold's career -- let's face it, he really had nowhere to go except back to being the T-800.
We saw Sony map out ambitious release plans for the next two Spider-Man films too, before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived and, to put it bluntly, peed in that punchbowl. Until Terminator: Genisys comes out and makes some serious coin -- and is, you know, good -- perhaps Arnold (and Paramount too) shouldn't count his androids before they come off the Skynet assembly line.
Terminator: Genisys is out in theaters July 1.