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10 months before Terminator Genisys opened in theaters over the 4th of July holiday, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced plans for two Terminator sequels, set for release in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Back in 2013, Skydance, which paid over $20 million for the franchise rights back in 2011, announced plans for a TV series, hiring Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write the script. Now that Terminator Genisys has finally hit theaters, and the movie is underperforming, plans for these sequels and the spinoff TV show are in limbo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Terminator Genisys has only taken in $82.1 million domestically since its July 1 release, but it has fared much better overseas, taking in $196.8 million for a worldwide tally of $278.9 million, from a $155 million budget. While the results certainly don't classify Terminator Genisys as a box office bomb, the studio was surely hoping for higher figures. The movie still hasn't opened in China yet, »
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt, Wayne Bastrup, Gregory Alan Williams, Otto Sanchez, Matty Ferraro | Written by Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier | Directed by Alan Taylor
In a summer which has felt a little light on truly “wow” blockbuster spectacles, Fury Road very much excepted, Terminator Genisys has had a particularly rough time of it. The film’s marketing certainly didn’t help, publicity stills of grinning Terminators and Matt Smith and Jai Courtney shouting into the air while firing guns set off alarm bells fairly early and the main trailer which spoilt one of the film’s pivotal moments immediately let those paying attention know that faith was not strong in the film. Upon release, word has been fairly noxious so it may be with lowered expectations in mind but while Terminator Genisys »
- Ian Loring
The Terminator is back! In case you’ve been living under a rock, Terminator: Genisys opened in theaters this weekend. Last week, Wamg had the chance to sit down with franchise star, and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggger about being “back”, time travel, and his positivity for the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Joining him were stars Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Alan Taylor (Director), David Ellison (Producer), Dana Goldberg (Producer), Laeta Kalogridis (Writer), and Patrick Lussier (Writer). Check out some of the highlights from the press conference below.
Mr. Schwarzenegger, one of the great things about this movie is how we get to see different versions of your character. How has your approach to the character changed over all these years, especially since in the first one it started off kind of like a sci-fi horror movie?
- Melissa Howland
Directed by Alan Taylor, Genisys returns to the Oscar winning Terminator franchise to take familiar characters in a new direction. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future.
- Michelle McCue
Paramount's long-awaited Terminator Genisys hit theaters this past week, taking in a modest $28.7 million over the three-day holiday, and $44.1 million since opening on July 1. It did considerably better overseas, taking in $85.5 million for a worldwide haul of $129.6 million. It seems the overseas tally may ensure that the already-announced Untitled Terminator 2 (May 19, 2017) and Untitled Terminator 3 (June 29, 2018) go forward as planned, despite a spate of negative movie reviews. Whether you love it or hate it, Terminator Genisys presents a number of different changes to the franchise that many fans will be talking about for quite some time. Be warned, if you haven't seen Terminator Genisys yet, there will be tons of Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Much like the original 1984 classic The Terminator, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to the year 1984 by John Connor (Jason Clarke), to protect John's mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke). As it turns out, »
When Matt Smith was first cast in Terminator: Genisys, we had no idea who he was playing. Now that the film is in theaters, of course, we have the answer — but we’re left with a whole bunch of other questions about his mysterious character. In a new interview, screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier […]
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- Angie Han
As this week's film release "Terminator Genisys" was planned as the start of a new trilogy within the venerable sci-fi series, the film incorporates some elements and twists that don't make sense in the context of this film alone. Others seem oddly under serviced.
Spoilers Ahead For "Terminator Genisys
One of the most visible is the inclusion of former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith who plays the key role of 'Skynet' itself in both a physical manifestation and holographic form, albeit for only brief scenes within the film. Speaking with CraveOnline, 'Genisys' scribes Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier spoke more about Smith's character:
"You see in the beginning [Matt Smith] grabs John. He's not from this timeline. He's from an alternate universe, in the multiverse. Another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline... This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. »
- Garth Franklin
Warning: This article contains spoilers about Terminator Genisys that some readers may prefer to avoid.
Even though the long-awaited latest instalment in the Terminator franchise is now out in the world, there is still some mystery surrounding Matt Smith's character.
Oj Simpson nearly played the T-800? 18 things you never knew about Terminator
Smith plays the manifestation of Skynet itself and would be set for more screen time in future sequels if the same thread of narrative was followed.
Kalogridis said: "You see in the beginning [Matt Smith] grabs John. He's not from this timeline. He's from an alternate universe, in the multiverse. Another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline…
"This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. That's why he says, 'I »
CineMovie caught up with Terminator Genisys writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier at the Hollywood premiere of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action sequel, and they are revealing to us that they had written a longer nude scene with Sarah (Emilia Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) performing action scenes in the raw in an early draft of the script. Watch to find out why the producers wanted the scene cut out of the screenplay, and why they changed up the Kyle Reese character from a dark and hardened personality to a more light-hearted character.
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I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I’m “biast” (pro): love the early films in the franchise…
I’m “biast” (con): …but it should have been left alone
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I have this terrible feeling of deja vu.
I have this terrible feeling of deja vu.
The Summer of Franchise Movies That Just Makes Me Want to Go Back and Watch the Original Film continues. (See also Jurassic World, Minions, Poltergeist and so on.) The Terminator universe picks up the death knell of 2009’s Salvation with Genisys, in which the time-travel jiggery-pokery that has been futzing with its own mythology in ways that do it no favors now jumps back into the events of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To fully understand Terminator Genisys, you must first take everything you have ever learned about time travel and throw it out the window. Second, you have to completely disregard the world and story foundations of the first two James Cameron-directed Terminator films. Lastly, you have to be a previous fan of Jai Courtney. Once you've done all of that, maybe, just maybe, you can find something to enjoy here. But if you enjoy good sci-fi time travel stories, love (at least) the first two Terminator films, and have ever sat and wondered how or why Jai Courtney keeps getting roles in 80s-action film sequels/reboots, then Terminator Genisys may very well make you angry.
It sure made me angry.
Chicago – The “Terminator” series means so much to so many film fans. What began as a modest sci-fi “what if?” morphed into now four sequels, billions of box office dollars, and the cementing of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an action film titan. It’s all mixed together again in “Terminator Genisys.”
What is most enticing about a reboot of this series is the possibilities for creating a new universe tied into the Terminator legend, which the film succeeded at in some regard, and missed opportunities in other areas, like the story. What is most frustrating about the film is the co-opting of the series previous films, and re-imagining them with a less talented cast in key roles, with a mix of time lines and alternate realities that simply become a way to fix everything in every moment. Savory performances and narrative cohesiveness are lost, amid a more spectacular computer generated landscape and multiple Terminators, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Director: Alan Taylor; Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier; Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: 12A
Terminator Genisys says and does nothing new, preferring instead to exhume the past and take one almighty metallic dump on it. Relentlessly dull and lacking any entertainment value beyond a solitary penis-themed one-liner from Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's hard to fathom how badly they've rewired rather than rebooted this ailing franchise.
The plot is an utter mess, throwing together Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), her son John Connor (Jason Clarke) and nondescript soldier Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in various timelines that rewrite history and feature multiple incarnations of Schwarzenegger's iconic, leather-clad figure. By the end, you'll be wishing he could travel back in time and terminate the franchise after T2. That's if you're still capable of rational thought. It's a very tough two hours.
The unengaging, unintelligible story »
Directed by Alan Taylor
At best, Terminator Genisys is mildly entertaining. At worst, this fifth installment of the Terminator franchise feels like its titular protagonist; “old and obsolete.” Schwarzenegger provides a few bright spots in his return to the iconic role, but he’s woefully underused. Instead, director Alan Taylor gets lost in a mythology that was never important to begin with. Despite some top-notch special effects and nostalgic callbacks, there’s a serious lack of fun and adventure. It seems that fate has finally caught up to this dilapidated franchise.
“Wait a minute… what?!?”
That’s a question you’ll be asking yourself a lot during this ill-conceived actioner. Rather than focusing on the franchise’s delightfully-elegant premise—methodical robots track plucky humans through time and then destroy a bunch of stuff—Terminator Genisys focuses on the more complicated (and »
- J.R. Kinnard
Terminator Genisys is an ambitious attempt at revitalizing a series that many critics say has gone steadily downhill since the third film. Now five films and two television seasons deep, an argument could be made to whether there is enough story to carry a series of films. But buried within the fifth film is a clever concept of looking at the original two films in a new light while planting the seed for future sequels. How that initial idea evolved into this overworked and stupidly complex story shows that writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier either got in way over their heads or have not a clue as to why the first two films work so well in the way that they do. Sure, the film is about humans fighting robots and that alone should be “cool,” but Terminator was once more than that. Genisys can’t understand that, but »
- Michael Haffner
Terminator Genisys Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriters: Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis Runtime: 126 Minutes Grade: B Terminator Genisys is something of a pleasant surprise. Twelve years after the franchise was relaunched with the abysmal Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (and with Arnold out of office and making fun action pictures again,) producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg boot up the dormant killing machine. And oddly enough, it works. For the first time since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this franchise seems to actually give itself respect. Instead of being yet another vehicle for The Governator to spout one liners [ Read More ]
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Schwarzenegger's back, but how does Terminator Genisys match its predecessors? Here's Ryan's verdict...
If you’d acquired the multi-million dollar rights to the Terminator franchise in an auction, what would you do with them? After the sun-drenched, overblown and dusty mayhem of 2009's Terminator Salvation, the sensible answer might be to take the series back to its roots. Return to the chase format of James Cameron’s twin classics Terminator and Terminator 2. Tone down the armies of robot motorcycles and mechanical swimming snakes. Bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Such is the approach taken by director Alan (Thor: The Dark World, Game Of Thrones) Taylor and screenwriters Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis in Terminator Genisys. Six years after Salvation failed to take off, the franchise is now in the hands of the production company Skydance, which has taken a similarly reverential approach to the Terminator as it did with its Star Trek »
There is an alarming trend in remakes/reboots that has sprouted up over the past few years, that I first noticed with a pair of 2013 releases, Carrie and Oldboy. Instead of finding any sort of new angle into the story, they were both, essentially, shot-for-shot remakes of the original, but with a shiny new cast for the 21st Century to latch on to. With that being said, Terminator Genisys doesn't qualify as such, since it does have a few new things to offer, but it's still crafted in a way that doesn't pay homage to the movies that come before it, but becomes a slave to them, bombarding us with beat upon familiar beat that is probably supposed to evoke fond memories from the originals, but instead dilutes and complicates any semblance of originality.
I found it somewhat sketchy to see Paramount roll out a recent Terminator Genisys TV spot »
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Byung-hun Lee graced the gray carpet for the premiere of Terminator Genisys Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. CineMovie talked to the film's Byung-hun Lee and screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier at the event, and we also caught up with The Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick, WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard and Dusk Till Dawn'sWilmer Valderrama.
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You don’t see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s butt in Terminator Genisys. That’s probably not the detail you were most concerned with regarding the fifth installment of the “Terminator” franchise (though those after some cinematic man meat won’t have to look far), but it’s a representative one. There are, in fact, many moments one can choose from in Genisys that provide a diagnostic sampling of what’s wrong with it. Like Skynet, and now Jurassic Park, the series has become terminally self-aware, as only a brand this old can. Unfortunately, this rusted ’80s artifact still refuses to self-terminate, and thanks to Genisys, we now live in a nightmarish new world where Terminator Salvation might not be the franchise’s bottom.
- Sam Woolf
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