Paramount has removed a listing for the sequel to “Terminator: Genisys” from its release schedule. The movie, which was tentatively titled “Terminator 3,” was scheduled for release June 29, 2018 (via The Wrap).
Though it’s uncertain what this announcement means for the future of the franchise — David Ellison, the CEO of Skydance Productions, said earlier this month that there would be a big announcement relating to the series this year. Ellison’s statement comes only a few months after news broke that James Cameron, to whom the rights to the series will revert in 2019, was in talks with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller to do a “reboot and conclusion” of the franchise.
“Terminator: Genisys” did okay in theaters, making $440.6 million on a $155 million budget. However, the film failed to cross the $100 million mark in North America, making most of its money overseas instead. The film was also critically panned and currently sits at a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The franchise began with “The Terminator” in 1984. Directed by James Cameron, the first installment followed the T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to kill Sarah Connor. The android assassin was tasked by the advanced artificial intelligence Skynet with killing Sarah before she could give birth to John Connor, the future leader of the Resistance. The second movie, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” saw the T-800 reprogrammed to protect Sarah and her young son John against another one of Skynet’s attempts to kill John. “Terminator: Genisys” marked Schwarzenegger’s first return to the iconic role since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”