Terminator fans were excited to learn in January that James Cameron is planning to return to the franchise with Deadpool director, Tim Miller, in 2019. At the time, we reported that Cameron will regain certain rights to the franchise due to a copyright reversion which will occur 35 years after the release of the original 1984 film. On Monday, Paramount removed a planned sequel to 2015’s Terminator: Genisys, entitled Terminator 3 (Now that’s some interesting numbering!), from it’s release calendar. The film was originally scheduled for June 29th, 2018.
At this time, it’s unclear whether this cancellation is related to the rights reverting back to Cameron, or whether this spells trouble for the upcoming Cameron/Miller collaboration. Seeing how the planned release date was set before the rights are set to revert back to Cameron, my money’s on Paramount passing until Cameron has the chance to potentially make the franchise more lucrative than it has been recently. Terminator: Genisys earned just under $90 million in the domestic box office against a budget of $155 million. It pulled in more cash overseas, resulting in a worldwide total of $440 million; but that’s not the kind of performance Paramount was looking for on a film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to one of his most iconic roles after his term as governor of California.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more developments on The Terminator sequel saga as they break!