Filming on the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genysis, recently wrapped and though we haven’t seen anything more than a couple of set photos from that film, Paramount Pictures decided to officially announce a new Terminator trilogy that will be built on the back of Genysis.
The studio announced release dates for the as of yet unnamed sequels which are to be released on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018 respectively. Terminator Genysis is scheduled for a July 1, 2015 release. Given that the other two sequels are being released barely more than a year apart, it is reasonable to assume that they will be shot back to back.
Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor took on Genysis, but it hasn’t yet been confirmed if he will be returning for one of or both of the next two installments.
Perhaps the most interesting bit to consider with this announcement is that it has already been confirmed that Genysis is not going to be a reboot, rather, it will be re-establishing the timeline set by the original film. Isn’t time travel fun? So, in essence what that means is that the other two upcoming films will also not be reboots, but rather a continuance of what is set up by Genysis.
With Hollywood being as reboot happy as they have been in recent years, it is an interesting strategy, which they clearly have confidence will pay off. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke will be taking over as humanity’s savior John Connor and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will be playing Sarah Connor alongside the original Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
With production wrapped and some big movie releases just around the corner, don’t be surprised if you we get to see a trailer for Terminator: Genysis sooner rather than later.