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Arnold Schwarzenegger quashed the recent rumors that the Terminator franchise is finished by insisting that he's "looking forward" to returning as the beloved character. More than that, Arnie has also declared that even if Paramount decide against picking up a sixth installment to the series, another studio clearly will anyway, although he's not giving us specifics at this point. Arnold Schwarzenegger said:
I'm looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes. 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?
There have been some conflicting rumors regarding the future of the Terminator franchise over the last few weeks. These all began when it was reported that Paramount weren't going to proceed with another Terminator film, while it was specifically noted that the studio didn't want to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke. Rather than being perturbed by its poor domestic performance, which was salvaged by its strong Chinese box office haul, the studio allegedly "fell out of love" with the Terminator franchise because of Genisys' critical failure.
However, just a few days later, Skydance CEO David Ellison nipped this speculation in the bud by declaring that something big is still planned for the Terminator franchise. David Ellison even teased the potential return of James Cameron (likely as a producer), as he declared the next project might be a throwback continuation of sorts. Of course, after writing and directing both the 1984 original and its 1991 follow-up, both of which are seen as seminal entries in both the sci-fi genre and cinema in general, James Cameron hasn't been involved in The Terminator franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Back in January, it was also rumored that James Cameron was working on a new Terminator film with Deadpool's Tim Miller, who was alleged would direct it. Of course, since James Cameron is spending the rest of eternity working on the umpteen Avatar sequels he wouldn't be able to write or direct the next Terminator film. But any involvement from him would be greatly appreciated.
With so much speculation stirring around The Terminator franchise again it's safe to say that a sixth film is probably more than likely to occur. But, despite Arnold Schwarzenegger's comments to Fandango, it would probably be wiser if they decided to start anew rather than trying to shoehorn him in again. While Schwarzenegger was far from the primary reason for the failures of both Salvation and Genisys they were waylaid by their tips of the hat to the legendary actor. A solid new foundation may need to be dug in order for the Terminator franchise to have any chance of future success. We should get a better indication of what the future of the Terminator series will entail moving forward, soon, as Arnold also mentioned negotiations are underway, although he can't reveal details yet. We'll let you know as soon as that happens.