With Terminator Genisys about a week away comes news that the long-rumored television series for the Terminator franchise might still be in the works as well. Skydance Productions wants to run with the franchise and expand its universe, which I think would be pretty awesome, especially having seen the new film. I thought Genisys was surprisingly solid, even though it had less than outstanding reviews.
There's also the fact that this has been in the works for so long, and hasn't actually been made... that troubles me a bit. I think this is contingent upon a solid performance from Terminator: Genisys.
The TV series has been rumored to be in the works since 2013, and it would be penned by the same writers who did The Sarah Connor Chronicles in 2008. Here's what Skydance CEO David Ellison had to say about it:
It’s something that we’re developing as we speak. To speak kind of larger to that, one of the things we would love to do at Skydance—it’s a very lofty goal—is to build worlds across multiple mediums. And to me, I think everyone talks in Hollywood about franchises, ‘it’s a franchise business, it’s a franchise business’. I think that’s a slightly old-fashioned word, and I think it’s a world creation business.
There's really so much they could do if they turn this thing into a time-traveling land of Terminators and human-resistance against a technological takeover by Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), that I think would lead to enough content to make this universe work. Here's what Ellison went on to say:
Our gut aspiration would be a cable-driven show for something like Terminator. It’s amazing to be in the network space. We have not been a part of it yet, but obviously when you’re focused on making 13 episodes, it allows you to have more development time to dive deeper. That being said, there have been amazing shows on network television.
I personally would want to see it on cable, simply due to the fact that they could do so much more with the violence and language aspect. I could see it catching fire on something like AMC or a similar cable network, bringing aboard Terminator fans old and new.
I think a big part is seeing how the movie (Genisys) does. If it is a surprisingly big hit in the box office, it could make some waves and get this TV series off the ground. I guess we'll have to wait and see about that.