If you're one of the precious few fans waiting with bated breath for the next chapter in the Terminator saga, I have some bad news: you might be waiting for a really long time. Deadline is reporting that Paramount has taken the sequel to last summer's reboot Terminator Genisys off of its release calendar, replacing it with Dwayne Johnson's Baywatch movie. The movie known as Terminator 2 was supposed to be released on May 19th, 2017.
The future of the Terminator franchise was jeopardized by Terminator Genisys' terrible reviews and lukewarm domestic performance upon its release last June. In an October report focusing on financiers who try their hands at movie production, The Hollywood Reporter suggested the Terminator universe had been put "on hold indefinitely" despite a decent showing in international markets. The studio hasn't commented on the fate of Terminator 3, which was scheduled for 2018 well before Genisys' premiere, but it's safe to assume it'll be affected by the change.
Is James Cameron going to play the hero?
The next major Terminator development might not emerge until the end of the decade. Series creator James Cameron is going to re-acquire the rights to the franchise in 2019, a consequence of copyright reversion 35 years after his initial sale, and Cameron will have the opportunity to revitalize the property as he sees fit. (His hands might be full with the Avatar universe, but he'll have the chance to make a decision.) In the meantime, it seems like the next two Terminator movies are going to float somewhere between conception and production for the foreseeable future.