I guess this time he won’t be back. Boom, nailed it. The future of the “Terminator” franchise is a little uncertain today as Paramount has pulled the sequel off their schedule of upcoming releases.
Before “Terminator: Genisys” hit theaters Paramount had planned to turn the quasi-reboot into a new trilogy of films and even cemented a release date for “Terminator” on May 19, 2017. Unfortunately, the film underperformed in the domestic box office taking in a grand total of $89 million domestically. In the foreign market it did a bit better with $350 million, but generally studios tend to put a lot more weight on how films do domestically.
Did this directly lead to Paramount pulling “Terminator 2” off their calendar? It’s really uncertain at this point, but it doesn’t seem like Paramount has any immediate plans to follow up “Genisys” with another sequel. You have to remember that the rights to the film franchise revert back to James Cameron in 2019. So it’s entirely possible that they could follow up with one more film, but the longer the delay goes the less likely the possibility becomes.
It’s also possible that they’ve ditched the idea of a trilogy and are instead focusing on a two part film and are taking the time right now to try and hash things out. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what Paramount decides to do with the rights between now and 2019.