Paramount Dates 'Terminator: Genisys' Sequels for 2017 and 2018
by Ethan Anderton
September 6, 2014
Though production is complete, so far the only photo we've seen from the forthcoming franchise reboot (which is also a pseudo sequel) that is Terminator: Genisys is Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting in a chair on the set in a torn up leather jacket. But since the movie comes out on July 1st, 2015, we'll surely get a glimpse of the film towards the end of the year. In the meantime, Paramount Pictures has taken a cue from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. and staked out release dates far in advance for Terminator: Genisys sequels on May 19th, 2017 and June 19th, 2018. They must be pretty confident in this whole new trilogy.
But that means there will be two years between the first film and the second film. That's not entirely uncommon for franchises, but considering there's only a year in between the second and third films, it sounds like they'll be shooting those sequels back-to-back. Otherwise it would be pretty hard to meet the second date without the third movie beginning production as soon as the second was finished, especially if you have to work around the schedules of Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and Schwarzengger, who are all very busy outside of the franchise. Plus, James Cameron gets the rights to Terminator back in 2019, so they have another deadline to worry about as well.
But that's not all Paramount has in store for the release calendar. Variety reports the studio has made a last minute addition to the awards season calendar by sending Rupert Wyatt's remake of The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg into theaters on December 19th. But the film will only have a limited release to begin with, expanding into more theaters on New Year's Day in 2015. The film follows a UCLA literature professor (Wahlberg) with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters, until borrowing from his girlfriend and mother eventually gets the gangsters after the ones he loves, putting himself and his loved ones in danger. Brie Larson, John Goodman and Jessica Lange also star in the film written by The Departed scribe William Monahan, and we'll see if it's worthy of Oscar nods later this year.