‘Terminator Genisys’ Sequel Pulled from Paramount Release Schedule
Looks like the Terminator franchise is once again terminated. The upcoming sequel to last summer’s Terminator Genisys has been pulled from Paramount’s release schedule. While the movie is not officially canceled just yet, this doesn’t bode well for the sequel ever getting made.
The movie had been scheduled to hit theaters on May 19, 2017, but Paramount has opted to give that release date to the Baywatch movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. So Paramount is basically replacing a collapsed franchise with a film they hope will launch a new one, which could be a smart move, although I feel its success is mostly dependent upon how much of a draw The Rock truly is. I’m guessing pretty damn big, considering the evidence in his favor. But then, people assumed Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a huge draw for Terminator Genisys, and well…
Ultimately, while this is disappointing news for Terminator fans, it makes sense from a business standpoint. Terminator Genisys was a box office disappointment in virtually every respect, particularly considering the amount of marketing and promotion that went into the film. On a budget of $155 million, the movie made only $89.8 million over the 11 weeks it was in theaters. The movie performed even worse with critics, as the movie currently holds a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a dismal 38 out of 100 on Metacritic. Granted, the film fared better with audiences on Cinemascore, earning a B+ average. But not enough people came out in force to see the movie, which is a bit of a shame. Say what you will about Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney as leads (for what it’s worth, I thought they did a fine job), but it’s always fun to see Arnold Schwarzenegger play The Terminator on the big screen, in my opinion. In all honesty, I didn’t think Terminator Genisys was a bad movie at all, just a bit muddled and too ambitious for its own good. It’s unfortunate that some of the questions of the plot will never be answered with the planned trilogy. However, I feel this is probably for the best.
What do you think of the Terminator Genisys sequel being pulled from the release schedule at Paramount? Good move or bad call? Sound off in the comments!
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