The underwhelming box office performance of movies such as Alien: Covenant, Justice League, and The Mummy has put into question the viability of studios planning multi-year release schedules for movie franchises that haven't yet proven to be commercially and critically popular. Learning from this inevitable overexposure to the shared cinematic universe one of Hollywoods most successful directors James Cameron has announced through an interview with Vanity Fair that should Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 prove not to be box office successes Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 may not even get produced. Cameron also reiterated his point from a previous interview alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller with THR that the same business model holds true for the forthcoming new Terminator movie, meaning that previous news articles suggesting plans for a new Trilogy of Terminator movies will depend on how the new movie fairs both critically and commercially.
"It's the first of three, the story is mapped out over a three-film arc, but again, if we don't make any money there isn't gonna be a two and a three. Technically, we're thinking of them as three, four, and five. As if Terminator, and Terminator 2 exist, and the other ones are kind of alternate timelines that are no longer relevant."
This follows the news from The Terminator Fans of glimpses at the potential story of the new Terminator movie from screenwriter Billy Ray (Hunger Games) who recently joined the creative team behind the new Terminator movie. In addition to the recent reports that the new protagonist will be an 18-year-old female character of Mexican heritage called Dani Ramos opposite a latin actor as the movie's antagonist, it has also been confirmed that franchise star and action movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will once again return as a hero Terminator.
Cameron's return to the franchise he created and the return of franchise star Linda Hamilton has raised hopes in fans that the Terminator franchise would return back to the prominence of the first two installments of the franchise. While we too hope that the Terminator franchise can be resurrected under Camerons guidance, the reluctance to use Schwarzenegger as the antagonist and Cameron's recent statements that the new Terminator movie will be upbeat and cheerful raises concerns that the new movie may continue the franchises shift away from the science fiction horror and action tropes established within the series first two installments.
More about Terminator Genisys (movie)
In 2029, John Connor, leader of the human resistance, leads the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when John is notified by his army unit, Tech-Com, that Skynet will attack him from two fronts, past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.
On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Sgt. Kyle Reese volunteers to travel back through time to save Connors mother's life, thus ensure Connors existence. However, Kyle finds the original past changed. After landing in 1984, events begin to unfold, until Kyle is then confronted by the T-1000. The new machine surprises Kyle, but he gets a bigger surprise when he is saved by Sarah Connor, who already knows of the terminators, of his arrival, and of the war of the machines. It is soon explained that the timeline has been changed, In this timeline, a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor as a child and so the Resistance sent their own cyborg back in time to protect her. After the assassin killed her parents, the reprogrammed Guardian T-800 raised and trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Kyle then enquires about the T-800 that was originally sent to kill Sarah Connor, which he is then told has already been dealt with by the Guardian Terminator.
Now, faced with a new mission, Kyle, Sarah and the Guardian Terminator, have to escape the T-1000. Using A TDE built by the Guardian Terminator Kyle and Sarah travel to the year 2017, where Kyle is reunited with John Connor himself, who has been converted into a nanotechnological human-cyborg hybrid, the T-3000, sent by Skynet to kill them and ensure Judgment Day. With John Connor compromised, they must find a way to prevent Judgment Day from happening.
Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator Genisys's release date is July 1st, 2015.
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