Following the under-performance of 2015's Terminator: Genysis (which aimed to rejuvenate interest in the Terminator franchise), the future of the time-travelling series has been in doubt. There have been multiple reports since then suggestion the Terminator franchise is getting some 'readjusting', in order to move forward. So far, that means Emilia Clarke won't be reprising Sarah Connor from Genisys and series lead Arnold Schwarzenegger may be done with the Terminator franchise too.
With so much up in the air regarding the Terminator franchise's future right now, there's even been reason to wonder if the property is simply done for good, at this stage. Skydance producer David Ellison is attempting to put fans' minds at ease by teasing that a concrete update on the state of all things Terminator, is right around the corner.
In an interview with Collider, Ellison offered the following with respect to the Terminator franchise:
“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future. I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.
“We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”
Ellison's comments are essentially a reiteration of statements following the release of Genysis that the franchise needs a course-correction. Still, the focus on continuation from the end-point of T2 is an exciting prospect, given recent reports that James Cameron is returning to the Terminator franchise to produce a potential Terminator reboot. Cameron has argued that a 'relevant' Terminator movie is still possible - and with the rights of the franchise returning to Cameron in 2019, Ellison's comments could well mean that the filmmaker is prepared to pick up where he left off.
Either way, with four Avatar sequels on his to-do list, Cameron won't be serving as a director on any Terminator projects anytime soon. Early last year, Skydance Creative Officer Dana Goldberg alternatively suggested that the Terminator franchise could expand its field of view, opting in for a shared universe format that could include a return to TV. That prospect might not excite fans as much as the idea of Cameron retaking the reins of the beloved series, but it's certainly something that promises to mix things up more than a direct followup to Genisys would have done.
We'll keep you updated with any Terminator news as it unfolds.