The Terminator franchise has been in a bit of tizzy since the 80s and early 90s when the classic movies in the franchise released. The sequels following Terminator 2 and all the spin-offs within the franchise fell spectacularly flat and never managed to capture the magic that the robot uprising themed romps of the past cultivated. We got the terribly misspelt and somewhat awful Terminator Genisys recently that didn’t manage to break into public consciousness. However, there is hope with the recently announced Terminator 6 that has James Cameron back at the creative helm with Tim Miller directing. The movie was scheduled to release during the classic blockbuster season on the 26th of July 2019, but unfortunately, there has now been a delay.
Before you get your T-1000 in a twist, the delay isn’t too monumental since it’s still releasing in 2019, but now it has been moved to the 22nd of November. No clear reason for this delay has been given, but these types of hurdles happen all the time with these major productions. Since this will effectively be a reboot, the pressure must be mounting in order to bring this classic franchise back up to speed. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back to play T-800, which gives you a little bit of hope.
I think the premise of Terminator still stands as strong as ever, especially with the recent fear of Super AI potentially wiping us out. There’s still a lot of storytelling potential inherent in this franchise, but poor direction and directing have made it a mockery of what it once was. Hopefully next year the redemption will be strong.