Emilia Clarke has admitted that she was actually "relieved" when Terminator Genisys under-performed at the box office. The fifth Terminator movie overall, Genisys was designed to soft reboot the franchise and set the stage for two more sequels. Paramount even went so far as to give the Genisys followups release dates before they scrapped their plans in the wake of the film's disappointing critical and commercial turnout. The studio is now moving forward with an untitled sixth Terminator movie that will serve as a direct sequel to the James Cameron-directed Terminator 1 & 2 (aka. the only Terminator films that most everyone agrees are good) and ignore Genisys outright.
Clarke, who played young Sarah Connor in Genisys, wasn't exactly hurt by the movie's disappointing performance either. She has since then continued to play the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones and joined the Star Wars universe to play newcomer Qi'ra in this week's Solo: A Star Wars Story. While's Solo's mid-production director change has been well-documented by this stage, Clarke has now revealed that filming on Genisys was far more chaotic and tumultuous by comparison.
In an interview with Vanity Fair to promote Solo, Clarke admitted that she was "relieved" when she learned that she wouldn't have to return for any sequels to Genisys. Clarke had worked with director Alan Taylor on Game of Thrones before they made Genisys together, but admitted to VF that Taylor got "eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn't have a good time. No one had a good time."
Apparently, the Genisys production was so difficult that it made filming on the infamous 2015 Fantastic Four reboot - which was shot in Louisiana around the same time that Genisys was filmed in New Orleans - seem like a walk in the park by comparison. Clarke told VF that Fantastic Four crew members actually had jackets made for themselves that read "AT LEAST WE'RE NOT ON TERMINATOR" and wore them during production, when word got around about how chaotic the Terminator movie's shoot was.
Genisys has its fair share of promising ideas and elements but, thanks to Clarke's reveal, it's now clearer exactly why the movie failed to fulfill its true potential. As sloppy and half-baked as the Fantastic Four reboot is, Genisys is pretty consistently mediocre across the board (story, action, visual effects); something that, in some ways, is worse than simply failing outright. As a result, Genisys was the lowest grossing Terminator movie since the original 1984 film stateside and was only saved financially by its global box office. It now falls to Deadpool director Tim Miller and Cameron, who is producing Miller's Terminator 6, to right the ship and restore the series to its former glory.
Source: Vanity Fair
- Terminator 6 (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019