Mark your calendars, because we're officially set for another Terminator trilogy ... unless something goes wrong.
Back in 2009, Terminator Salvation hit theaters and, despite a cold critical reception, delivered enough blockbuster bang to launch a planned trilogy of films about John Connor and his band of freedom fighters. Those plans fell apart, though, when producers and rights-owners The Halcyon Company fell into bankruptcy and the Terminator rights were up for grabs. Now it's Paramount Pictures' turn to try and relaunch this franchise with multiple films, and though we're nearly a year away from the first film's release, the studio's already reserving release dates for two more installments.
Paramount announced late Friday that, after the July 1, 2015, release of Terminator Genisys, a second Terminator installment will follow on May 19, 2017, and a third will hit June 29, 2018. The Hollywood Reporter cites "insiders" who said the second and third films will shoot back to back, but also noted that this plan hinges on the success of Genisys. If the first Terminator film in five years doesn't have what it takes, another planned trilogy could be ... well, terminated.
Genisys has a lot going for it, though. It will feature the (hopefully triumphant) return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aged version of his T-800, its plot will reportedly weave back into the very first Terminator film, and it features strong new choices for Sarah and John Connor in Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke, respectively. Plus, Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is at the helm of it all.
Paramount's clearly got big plans for this franchise, but will Terminator go the distance all the way to 2018?