Major Terminator Franchise Announcement Arriving In 2017

Hours after all but putting a red line through Arnold Schwarzenegger's time with the Terminator franchise, Skydance CEO David Ellison has teased his potential re-inclusion. However, while his comments can be read one of many ways, his appraisal of the series could very well be in reference to James Cameron's return. A comeback that is believed to be starting completely fresh and uninhibited from what has occurred beyond the second installment.

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me its an incredibly bright future," stated Ellison. "I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2. We have something this year that we will be announcing for the franchise. It’s something we’re incredibly excited about and we think is the direction it needs to head.”

T2 Back On The Big Screen

If the original was something special in 1984, then the 1991 follow up would be the pinnacle of sequels in the history of cinema. Courtesy of Distrib Films US, Deadline reports that Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be re-released as a 3D theatrical production beginning August 25, 2017.

26 years after becoming a global phenomenon that catapulted the series into the movie stratosphere, a select few will be able to relive all the action and adventure where it is best placed - in the theater. $519.8m at the box office in 1991 tells its own story. Blowing away the competition at the time and still hands down the best of the franchise by a country mile.

Critic Calls For Terminator to be Terminated

Stuart Heritage of The Guardian did not hold back this week to argue that the Terminator should be no more. Deriding the lack of creativity in Hollywood and the endless spawns of sequels, prequels, reboots and crossovers, the critic says that this opportune moment should be used wisely by exploring other ventures.

"The Terminator has finally been terminated," he remarked following the original announcement. "After the awful, needlessly convoluted machinations of Terminator: Genisys – which followed the awful, needlessly convoluted machinations of Terminator Salvation and the just plain awful Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – it’s being reported that Paramount has cancelled all other planned Terminator sequels. Hasta la vista, baby. You won’t be back. Obviously, this is a great thing. There hasn’t been a good Terminator movie for 26 years (since Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and no amount of gimmicky spelling or plasticky, uncanny valley CG Schwarzeneggers could mask the fact that the whole enterprise was creatively bankrupt. The death of the Terminator is a good thing, and plenty of other franchises could take note."

Source: Collider, Deadline, The Guardian

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