If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice one trend that is ruling the day: nostalgia. Audiences are eager to return to a simpler time, and just about every franchise and property seems up for a new installment or long awaited sequel. This includes the Terminator franchise, which will have a whopping sixth movie released featuring original cast members Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. Schwarzenegger has been getting chatty about the already anticipated new sequel, and he's just revealed how the upcoming film will ignore the latest sequel. That's right, Terminator Genisys is getting wiped from the timeline.
It's going to ignore Genisys.
Move over, Mother of Dragons because you're not the current Sarah Connor anymore. It looks like the 2015 film will be ignored when the franchise once again returns, although I'm sure actress Emilia Clarke won't be thrilled that her one installment getting the cut.
That being said, ignoring Terminator Genisys makes perfect sense. The recent sequel contained the most time travel the franchise has ever contained, making the overall timeline a big old mess. And with Linda Hamilton reprising her iconic role as Sarah Connor, there just isn't enough room for two Sarahs. Plus they can avoid the convoluted timeline that the franchise was utilizing.
Ignoring certain sequels is not a new concept for long running franchises. For instance, next year's Halloween sequel will be a direct sequel to Halloween 2, and will ignore the films that followed it (two of which featured Jaime Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode). This allows the new film to have some flexibility in regards to its storytelling, without worrying about adhering to rules set years ago.
James Cameron and company seem to be making the right decision by ignoring Genisys, in order to simplify the Terminator timeline and create a more cohesive sequel with Terminator 6. There have been a handful of sequels since he left the franchise with Terminator 2, to varying levels of success. But bringing things back to basics will no doubt pique the interest of purists who loved the first two films, while also exciting the fandom that has been unwavering in its decades of support for the Terminator's sci-fi adventures.
The plot of Terminator 6 (that's not the title) is still very much a mystery, but Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly receive the script in about two week's time. Linda Hamilton's involvement likely hints at a timeline sequel involving the events of the first two films, and it's unclear how John Connor will factor into the narrative. Edward Furlong is still doing some acting work, so it would be great to see the original John return as well if he's managed to stay out of legal trouble.
We'll be sure to update you on Terminator 6 update as they become public. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.