In the wake of Terminator: Genisys' poor performance at the box office, the future of the franchise has been in serious jeopardy. Paramount removed the film's currently untitled follow-up from its schedule back in March, indicating that it wouldn't make its June 2018 release. Additionally, Emilia Clarke, who appeared in Genisys, discounted any possibility of a return as Sarah Connor. However, series star Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that a new film, produced by series creator James Cameron, is coming, and he's going to be in it.
Schwarzenegger revealed to Screen Daily that he'd met with Cameron to discuss the project. "It is back," Schwarzenegger said. "It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise. I will be in the movie."
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. The series creator has also said that he believes a new, relevant Terminator film is absolutely possible.
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.