Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed that he is open to reprising his role as the Terminator in future films. The killer robot franchise has seen better days, but as long as Arnold is able, surely a film or two wouldn’t hurt.
While a small population aren’t really into the franchise as much as American Pie’s Shermanator, you have to admit that it was one best parts of our childhood. Schwarzenegger has always been synonymous with the films, despite the years taking a toll on his appearance.
But while Terminator has proven itself to be a resilient franchise, its popularity has waned over the years. After reaching the peak of its popularity with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, its success slowly waned with Terminator: Salvation only making $125 million at the box office.
Salvation’s dismal performance, even with Christian Bale, seemed to be a death knell for the series. Without its iconic character, it would be impossible to prevent the franchise from being relegated to the shelves.
Terminator: Genysis seemed to be the last ditch attempt at saving it by bringing Schwarzenegger back from retirement. The film proved to be successful with nostalgia-hungry fans making the second-highest earning film of the franchise.
The success of Genysis appeared to be the beginning of a new chapter in the series. With sci-fi and superhero films slowly gaining steam, it seems the party was just beginning.
However, the party was short-lived after Paramount Pictures canceled all plans for a Genysis sequel. They reasoned that despite its success, the film failed in the domestic market struggling to pass $90 million in the box office.
Additionally, it was reported that Schwarzenegger was no longer interested in starring in future films. A major blow, considering that he was an integral part of the franchise. Whether starring in the lead role or just making a cameo, Arnold always left his mark on the films.
However, when all hope seemed lost for the franchise, Schwarzenegger contradicted earlier reports by saying he is open to star in future Terminator films. In an interview with Fandango, the 69-year old actor and former bodybuilder described the reports as “fake news” in reference to President Donald Trump.
“I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things – I have no idea why,” said the actor. He explained that just because Paramount canceled the plans for a sequel doesn’t mean the franchise is dead.
Several Producers Show Interest In Producing Terminator
According to Screen Rant, Schwarzenegger revealed there are at least 15 other studios that are willing to produce a Terminator movie. He declined to give any further details as to which studios. He made it clear that it will be announced sometime in the future.
“The Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on,” he added. With such confidence behind his statement, it would be safe to assume that a new Terminator movie is coming.
However, despite his words, it seems unlikely that Cameron will return to direct Terminator 6. The multi-award winning director is currently busy making four Avatar sequels. He is probably unwilling to abandon his pet project in order to direct a Terminator film.
His longtime friend and collaborator, Deadpool director Tim Miller, revealed that Cameron will be producing the film. He will probably give the helm to another director. Miller also revealed that he is always looking forward to a Terminator film, especially if the story is well written.
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