Contrary to a recent report that ambitious plans for the “Terminator” franchise are “on hold indefinitely,” one of the film’s producers insists they’re moving forward, just at a slower pace.
“I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting,” Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media, said at a conference hosted by TheWrap.
The franchise reboot, “Terminator Genisys,” was intended as the first film in a trilogy (with sequels following in 2017 and 2018), which would also incorporate a tie-in television series. However, the $150 million-plus “Genisys” grossed just $90 million in North America, which seemed to spell doom for the sci-fi series. A report last week indicated that even the $440 million worldwide haul wasn’t enough for the film to make money.
But Goldberg attempted to paint a brighter picture, acknowledging that while Skydance “absolutely” wishes “Genisys” had performed better domestically, those figures may not be the indicator they once were. “Happily, we live in the world where the domestic number had a level of importance 10 or 15 years ago — I’m not saying it’s not important, it is — but we have to play to a worldwide market,” she said. “In terms of ‘Terminator,’ the worldwide market paid attention, but we’re not taking the domestic number lightly.”
To that end, Goldberg said producers will conduct worldwide research and talk with audiences to learn what worked, and what didn’t, in “Genisys.” “We are not going to begin production at the beginning of next year,” she said, “because again, it would be silly to not have to worry about what audiences have to say.”
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