Since 1984, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been making Terminator movies, beginning with The Terminator. Now, the franchise is coming to an end.
According to a report by NYDailyNews.com’s James Desborough, Paramount Pictures executives will not pick up the company’s option to bring back Schwarzenegger for another Terminator film. Per Desborough, it was reported that the next installment was originally expected to release sometime in 2018.
Said NYDailyNews.com’s source close to the situation regarding the franchise’s future: “It is over for The Terminator and Arnold. The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no pre-production or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long-term deals, but this is not happening.
“The Genisys movie was seen as a way of reviving [the franchise], but the critics were not happy, and somehow the studio bosses fell out of love with making more, even though they made huge profits.
“It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking [Schwarzenegger] back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask.”
The franchise’s most recent installment, Terminator Genisys, received poorly, was by critics and fans but still managed to reel in more than $440 million worldwide. Alongside Schwarzenegger was Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.