Can Nothing Kill THE TERMINATOR Franchise?

Skydance insists they're still in the time traveling robot business.

It is a safe bet that many people who love The Terminator franchise were not even alive the last time there was a truly good entry in the series, since the last good film came out in 1991. And that's the seocnd best entry in the series, which actually peaked in 1984 with the first film. I am in the minority who believes you can safely watch just The Terminator and get everything you need from the franchise. 

Whether you agree with that or not, we must all agree that The Terminator franchise now has all the allure of a log of dog shit that has been baking in the sun. There are now more bad The Terminator movies than good ones, and we have a trilogy of failed trilogy starters - Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator Genisys were all supposed to launch new iterations of the series and each and every single one crapped out. But that isn't stopping the production company that ponied up for the rights to the franchise from going on ahead. 

Skydance's Dana Goldberg half-heartedly denied that the franchise was on hold, telling a crowd of industry professionals “I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting,” which sounds like a really bullshit way of saying on hold. 

The Skydance team refuses to look at the facts, which is that the time traveling killer robot franchise has been utterly exhausted and that we're all quite done with it, and they say they're bringing it back. And not just in cinemas. 

"At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises,” Goldberg said. “So the idea of a ‘Terminator’ TV show fits into that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”

(Cue people insisting The Sarah Connor Chronicles was good)

So there could be a TV show, because five films haven't fully mined this limited concept. But what about a sixth movie? It won't be coming next year, Goldberg says, but it will be coming... with your help. 

"We are not going to begin production at the beginning of next year, because again, it would be silly to not have to worry about what audiences have to say,” she said. Instead they will spend that time gathering “data and research to do a worldwide study and really talk to audiences about what they loved, and what maybe didn’t work for them, so that the next [step] we take with the franchise is the right one.”

Well, just in case they're listening now: I loved the first The Terminator. I quite liked the second The Terminator. But the concept is drained. You've got nowhere else to go with the robots who look like Arnold Schwarzenegger time traveling and fighting other robots who are fare less memorable than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Honestly, Terminator: Salvation is the most interesting of the post-Judgment Day movies if only because it isn't remaking the same fucking film again and again. As long as you're going to stick with the basic premise that has been in play since the Reagan administration, The Terminator franchise is going to be a tedious bore. Break the mold or quit. 

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