Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: the long-running science-fiction franchise is reported to have been dropped.
A source told the New York Daily news, “It is over for The Terminator and Arnold. The Paramount studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no pre production or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long-term deals, but this is not happening.”
The source also stated there was a chance an independent production company could step in and pick up the project, but convincing Schwarzenegger back would be “a tough ask”.
“It is over for The Terminator and Arnold,”
“It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking Arnie back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask,” said New York Daily news source.
In 1984, James Cameron convince him to play the robot instead of the hero in T-800. The first two sequels, 1991’s “Judgment Day” and 2001’s “Rise of the Machines,” brought in over $2 billion at the box office.
The most recent film in the series, Terminator: Genisys, was released in 2015 and fared well internationally and took $440 million worldwide. The movie raked in almost $300 million in profits.
But that international success may not have been enough to save the franchise. A sequel to the film was removed from Paramount’s 2017 release schedule last year, and now looks to have been shelved.
However, the franchise may not be dead for long, as it has previously been rumored that series creator James Cameron is teaming up with Dead pool director Tim Miller for a reboot of the sci-fi action series once the rights revert back to Cameron in 2019.
The Terminator 1984
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003
Terminator Salvation 2009
Terminator Genisys 2015