With Paramount shuffling around their release schedule, it was clear that something had to give. Unfortunately for Arnie’s hit and miss Terminator franchise, it looks like he won’t be back any time soon, with it pulled from their schedules completely.
The new instalment of the time travelling franchise was originally slated for a 19th May 2017 release, but has since been replaced by the new Baywatch film (we’re still trying to figure out if anybody asked for that).
Following the critical flop that was last summer’s Terminator: Genisys, the possible sequel (currently under the unimaginative title of Terminator 2, for some reason) hadn’t gained any momentum, with no writers or directors signed on yet.
Before Genisys’ less-than-expected run at the box office (grossing $440.6M worldwide) Paramount had scheduled not just a Terminator 2, but also a Terminator 3, for June 2018. As of yet they haven’t released a statement explaining the move.
It’s thought that the delay is due to an issue with the rights, mainly with original creator James Cameron looking to have some of them returned to him. The relaunch of the franchise happened in a deal when Megan Ellison paid over $20 million for Cameron’s rights, which she eventually released to her brother, Skydance’s David Ellison.
So Terminator’s loss is Baywatch’s gain it seems. With nothing else currently scheduled for release that weekend, could it end up being a surprise hit after all?