Pull the plug on the Terminator? Not so fast, says Schwarzenegger.
Pretty soon we're going to need a computer with the power of Skynet to keep up with all the developments in the world of the Terminator franchise, because they're morphing as quickly as a T-1000. In the latest twist of the already knotty saga, Arnold Schwarzenegger has come out and told Fandango he's "looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes." When asked about that recent report indicating that he was done with the franchise, the former Governator elaborated:
“I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things -- I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it -- that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!"
That report, which came from the New York Daily News, claimed that not only was Schwarzenegger finished, but the series was over as well. Yet at the same time, producer David Ellison was talking up the "incredibly bright future" of the Terminator brand and hinting at a major announcement to come.
So if you're keeping score at home, a few things do look somewhat clearer: For one, the storyline established in Terminator Genisys will likely be abandoned, with neither Jai Courtney nor Emilia Clarke returning to the franchise. Second, it seems as if the property's days at Paramount are over -- which might have led to the Daily News mistakenly reporting that the series itself was dead; and third, David Ellison's big announcement will probably revolve around a new studio home for the property as well as the involvement of James Cameron and possibly director Tim Miller -- but that announcement presumably must wait until all those deals are signed and sealed.
Until that moment arrives, however, don't be surprised if you see a few rumors and a few more articles like this before the rubber hits the road for real. But for now, does Schwarzenegger's apparent willingness to stay give you hope that the Terminator will be back -- and possibly better?