Dark Fate, meanwhile, was hyped up as a potential return to form given the involvement of James Cameron as producer and co-writer, along with Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor, but the third attempt in ten years at launching an all-new trilogy flopped spectacularly, losing $120 million. To put things into perspective, Genisys was viewed as a disappointment despite becoming the second highest-grossing Terminator movie ever, and it still earned almost $180 million more than Dark Fate.
Terminator: Dark Fate Lost Over $120 Million For Paramount
By Scott Campbell 7 days ago
Having been burned by three disappointing Terminator sequels in a row, fans should have tempered their expectations when it came to Dark Fate, even with James Cameron and Linda Hamilton making their long-awaited returns to the franchise. Ironically, most reviews reached the conclusion that it was the best installment since 1991, but the movie’s poor box office performance may have inadvertently hammered the final nail in the coffin for the long-running sci-fi series.
It was estimated that Dark Fate could end up losing over $100 million for Paramount, and now the figure has been revealed as an eye-watering $122.6 million. Despite strong critical reactions and the return of several of the franchise’s stalwarts, it just seems as though audiences simply aren’t interested in a series that started in 1984 and has spent the last three decades rebooting itself to repetitively mediocre results.
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Genisys made over $400 million globally and still saw the initial plans for a trilogy abandoned, before Deadpool director Tim Miller stepped in to deliver the straight-up sequel to Judgment Day that everybody said that they wanted, but nobody really bothered to head out to the theater and see for themselves. If anything, the studio should shoulder a lot of the blame for giving us three Terminator movies in the space of ten years that all feature an entirely different cast and crew, with the obvious exception of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Not only that, but Salvation, Genisys and now Terminator: Dark Fate promised to be the launchpads for an entirely new trilogy of Terminator flicks before all of them fell at the first hurdle, and it was only a matter of time before the studio ran out of chances to keep throwing reboots together as soon as possible before people stopped caring entirely.
Terminator: James Cameron is returning to the franchise for a new film
The director had stepped away from the franchise after Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but is now looking to godfather a new project
Sunday 22 January 2017 16:05
James Cameron lives for movie quotes in headlines.
Presumably, that is the explanation behind why he’s decided to return to the Terminator franchise to godfather a new adaptation so everyone can use the phrase, “he’ll be back”, to report on it.
It might also be because Cameron will regain certain rights to the property in 2019 due to a copyright reversion and is determined to end things the right way, with Deadline reporting he’s in talks with Deadpool’s Tim Miller to direct both a reboot and a conclusion to the film series.
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David Ellison’s Skydance, who still holds many Terminator rights, is bankrolling what looks to be quite an ambitious project and a full-frontal assault on rectifying the disappointments of Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015); looking to high profile science fiction authors to “find the movie creatively”.
The Terminator franchise has had a strange, rocky history in Hollywood ever since Cameron originally sold the rights to his scripted project to producer Gale Ann Hurd for $1, on the stipulation he couldn’t be fired as director, resulting in the 1984 original (and classic).
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After directing Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Cameron then walked away entirely, with the rights eventually ending up in the hands of famed producer Megan Ellison, who bought them in 2011 at Cannes for $20 million.
There’s no word on exactly how the new film would work and exactly how much creative involvement Cameron will have, with Miller directing and considering he’s also busy shooting back-to-back sequels for Avatar.