If you're like me, then you're feeling a little wary about where the direction of the Terminator franchise is heading after Terminator Salvation gave us a decent plot but a terribly ham-fisted, deus ex machina ending that not even Christian Bale could save. It wasn't quite as bad as the waste laid to the hearts of Star Wars fans in the wake of Jar Jar Binks and the prequels, but it was still enough for fans to cringe when we heard that there was another Terminator movie in the works.
But then we heard it would be a complete reboot with an incredibly solid cast, leaving us to hope that possibly this would wash the taste of the last two films out of our collective mouth.
And then...then they inexplicably changed the title to [Terminator Genisys](movie:34872) - deliberately - and fans went, "You kidding with this?" But by that time, our spirits had already been broken for so long that we just rolled with it. Mostly.
But Paramount either has huge faith in the film, or it knows it can't milk the Transformers cash cow forever (or at least not for a few years until the inevitable franchise reboot), because the sequels to Terminator Genisys have already been greenlit and given release dates.
Being called [Terminator 2](movie:2255913) and [Terminator 3](movie:2255917) for now, the release dates for the sequels have been set for May 19th, 2017, and June 29th, 2018, respectively.
What's interesting to me is that the sequels will only be a year apart. As the films will expectedly be CGI-heavy (and therefore need a lot of postproduction work), and the actors involved have busy schedules, it leads me to wonder if they'll be shooting the sequels back to back.
In any case, it's full steam ahead for our new Terminator franchise. How are you feeling about this? Let me know in the comments.
Terminator Genisys will be...
(Source: Box Office Mojo)