Rumors coming out of Paramount studios last March hinted that it was giving up on the Terminator series, as the planned sequel to “Terminator Genesis” was supposedly put on hold with no plans to start production in the coming future.
The timing of the rumor was indicative of the original Terminator director James Cameron wanting to get some of the rights back in 2019. There was also a rumor saying that Cameron was in talks with Paramount about becoming a special “adviser” for the Terminator brand, but nothing has come of that just yet.
However, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself said that the Terminator series isn’t as dead as it was rumored to be.
He gave an interview to Fandango, and in it, Schwarzenegger said that the rumors of the franchise being done are overblown, and that even if Paramount doesn’t want to continue producing it, there are “15 other studios” who are willing to pick up the franchise and revitalize it.
The franchise will go on:
He refused to give more specifics, but he seems certain that someone will keep the franchise going even if Paramount decided to drop it.
Assuming another studio steps in, Schwarzenegger made sure to say that he’s “looking forward” to appearing in another movie in the franchise. When he was asked about that recent rumors showing he was done with the franchise, Schwarzenegger elaborated saying:
“I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things — I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it — that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!”