Unsurprisingly, the new, upcoming Terminator film to be produced by James Cameron and directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) has chosen to ignore the events of the recent Terminator: Genisys, following its poor reception and box office return.
The film had originally been intended to be a soft reboot of the franchise but multiple factors led to it being a forgettable entry in the Terminator canon. Star Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually the one to confirm the decision to ignore Genisys at a recent fan event, and went on to add “Cameron was not involved in the others, so he does not acknowledge the others”.
So it seems not just Genisys, but Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Terminator: Salvation will also be retconned within the series as the new film intends to be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and attempt to introduce new characters in order to keep the series running before the other stars get too old.
While it’s perhaps slightly odd to ignore all the information the sequels have given us over the last 20 years, it makes sense that Cameron would only want his own stories and creations to be a part of the series. Fortunately with a franchise that deals with time travel, it’s easy to account for big changes like this with alternate timelines and similar explanations.
Plenty of fans will be happy that they’ll finally get the direct follow up to the second film many always wanted, though it’s fair to argue whether an ageing Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator just isn’t quite as interesting to audiences any more. But with Cameron back on board and a young, upstart director at the helm, there’s plenty of potential for new life to be breathed into the franchise.