Terminator fans rejoice!
After getting smacked in the face by Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, sucker punched by Terminator Salvation in 2009, and just this past summer, kicked in the groin by Terminator: Genisys, it looks like their once great, beloved franchise is officially dead and can no longer cause harm.
Paramount Pictures has yanked the Terminator: Genisys 2 - which had been dated for May 19th, 2017 - off their release schedule. This news all but confirms we will not be seeing a Terminator film again for a very long time.
Once again starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - along with Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke - the fifth entry in the sci-fi franchise opened last summer to awful reviews and a measly $90 million in domestic box office (though China saved it's international gross with a worldwide total of $440 million).
A Terminator: Genisys 3 had also been dated for June 2018, but that is forgone to be erased as well as the studio has seemingly lost all interest in continuing the saga.
So what does this all mean?
Well, thanks to new U.S. copyright laws, James Cameron will receive the rights back to his original creation in 2019; 35 years after he once sold the rights for $1 to his former producing partner Gale Ann Hurd in 1984.
There's no word on what Cameron will actually due with the rights once he gets them back (he might shove them in a drawer and collect dust for the next 20 years), but all fans are certainly hoping he'll have the urge to finally make a new Terminator film they've been waiting for since Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit in the summer of 1991.
As always, we shall see.
Source: Deadline, Paramount Pictures