Terminator: Genisys was supposed to be the movie that reinvigorated the ailing Terminator franchise by introducing new actors, a new timeline, and a hip new spelling for the word "genesis." The movie fell short, though, instead inspiring questions about how the franchise could be saved, whether or not the international box office will save the franchise, and if the series was on hold or just "readjusting."
Trouble started for Genisys when one of its trailers spoiled a key plot point, angering many fans. That negative publicity may have been one of the reasons that many filmgoers in North America avoided the movie, leading to underwhelming domestic earnings of $89 million. While it did indeed make up some of the difference in the international box office, it apparently wasn't enough to convince Paramount in the long term that a sequel is worthwhile.
THR is now reporting that the sequel to Genisys, previously slated for May 19, 2017, has been removed from Paramount's release schedule entirely and replaced by the big-screen reboot of another franchise familiar to fans of I Love the '90s: Baywatch. While this doesn't necessarily mean that the Terminator movie is entirely dead, it does greatly reduce the likelihood that it will, to borrow a turn of phrase from the former governor of California, "be back."
The Baywatch movie is set to star Zac Efron opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. While it has not yet been made clear which one of those actors will have the most shirtless screen time, both have enough draw with audiences to make Paramount think that the movie is more likely to be successful than another movie about mankind's imminent eradication at the hands of homicidal robots. Efron and Johnson will be joined by Johnson's San Andreas co-star Alexandra Daddario as the female lead. Seth Gordon, who previously helmed King of Kong and Horrible Bosses, will be directing.
Should the Terminator series get another shot after the twin failures of Terminator: Salvation and Genisys? The series has arguably been running on fumes ever since Schwarzenegger's T-800 told a gas station clerk to "talk to the hand" in the also not so well-received Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, so perhaps it's time to finally lay the series to rest. There will always be other robot apocalypse movies to take its place, thanks to the undeniable influence of the first two movies.
Maybe the Terminator: Genisys sequel will find its way back into the release schedule after a script is written and a director has been found and all the various other things studios do to try to save a movie they think they can still wring some money out of. For the time being, though, fans of the series might be better off getting hyped up about lifeguards instead.
We’ll bring you more information on the future of the Terminator franchise when we have it.