Just like 20th Century Fox scheduling Fantastic Four 2 before the success or failure of the first was even determined, Paramount planted flags a few years out for a new Terminator trilogy to begin with Genisys. Again, just like with Fox, the studio has now dropped Terminator 2 from its release slate following the poor box office performance of Genisys.
According to Exhibitor Relations, which also first reported the news of Fantastic Four 2 getting dropped from its scheduled release, the next Terminator sequel has lost its release date with no word whether or not it’ll be reset at another point in time. There’s also no word yet on if or when the same fate will fall the rebooted trilogy’s third installment, which is, as far as we know, still scheduled for June 29, 2018.
For now, Paramount has given Baywatch the May 19, 2017 slot. The movie reboot is a hard R comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, model Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Hadera. Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra is being eyed to feature, while Johnson teased more announcements are on the way.
Back in October, Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg assured everyone that the next Terminator sequel wasn’t “on hold, so much as re-adjusting.” So, perhaps the studio does in fact have plans to pick up where they left off at some future point. However, with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a third place debut over its opening weekend in theaters with just over $27 million, perhaps it’s better off leaving this one in the gutters.
Terminator Genisys introduced Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as the new Sarah Connor opposite the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. The reworked timeline also feature Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor, and Byung-hun Lee as the next T-1000 in addition to fellow cast members J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith. It’s unclear whether or not this franchise is actually dead, but this release switch-a-roo doesn’t look good. Still, we should all keep our ears perked.