'Terminator' Reboot Has a Title, May Kickstart Universe in TV Series
by Ethan Anderton
December 9, 2013
While Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment have been trying to get their unprecedented film and television adaptation of The Dark Tower off the ground, it sounds a blockbuster property might try out a similar formula before that happens. We know that the reboot of Terminator will arrive on July 1st, 2015 with Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor at the helm. Now Production Weekly might have word on a title as the tease of their recent issue on Twitter included the title Terminator: Genesis. That could be the title of the new film, however, the list also includes TV series, and this might reference a newly ordered Terminator adaptation for the small screen, which is said to set up the rebooted film universe. Read on!
In the report about the new Terminator TV series, also being produced by the film reboot's producers at Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures, Variety says the TV series and film reboot franchise will have intersecting narratives. But there's where things get interesting and confusing. Supposedly the TV series will use a critical moment from the original Terminator film, and go the opposite direction of where the film series went. Badass Digest hypothesizes that they might kill Sarah Connor and then go from there, which would make the entire Terminator universe completely different than what we've already seen. It would be interesting to see that direction so we don't have to shoehorn in John Connor again.
Of course, this kind of move could be risky, because if the TV series doesn't work out, that could impact the audience for the film. However, we're betting the film will be able to stand on its own feet even if the TV series doesn't work out. However, it certainly seems like film franchises are moving towards multimedia franchises. After all, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has ties to the Marvel universe, though we wish the correlation was a little more direct, especially in quality and storylines.
Maybe this could start shifting studios to spending more money on tying TV series to film franchises. What will help is that the TV series script comes from X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, so this should have a wide scope. We just hope this new Terminator reboot is better than any of the sequels that followed after Terminator 2: Judgment Day.