Despite its early start with two of the finest action/sci-fi movies of their era, The Terminator franchise has floundered badly in recent years, after the underwhelming Terminator: Salvation and the confusing, rightly-maligned Terminator: Genisys.
It was starting to look like the venerable franchise had finally run its course. Terminator: Genisys was supposed to be the start of a brand new trilogy, but a critical savaging and underwhelming box office performance appeared to dunk those franchise hopes in a vat of molten steel.
James Cameron is said to be in “early talks” to get Deadpool director Tim Miller “to direct a reboot and conclusion” to the franchise, with Cameron acting as a “godfather,” a term that I can only presume means something on the order of creative consultant/executive producer or something. All of that wording comes from Deadline, who broke the news, and if you’re confused about how something can be both a “reboot” and a “conclusion” for a franchise, well, you aren’t alone.
David Ellison of Skydance is putting the money behind the project, which is said to be looking for “top-flight science fiction authors” to help Cameron and Miller right the ship. There’s no other information out there, and again, the Deadline report is a little confusing as to whether this is something that would ignore the lesser-regarded Terminator movies like Salvation, Genisys, or even the ‘honest it’s not really as bad as everyone makes it out to be’ Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
We wrote more about what shape the potential sequels to Terminator: Genisys might have taken right here, but one thing seems clear, this new Terminator 6 (or whatever it ends up being called) likely won’t have much to do with that.
We probably won’t see this until 2019 or so at the earliest.