Another highlight is the idea that the Terminator’s skin will eventually rot off of his body as he continues to age, turning him into a nuclear Crypt Keeper when he hits his 90s. TWITTER My body would be doing different things, more fierce. The red ink could end up at $130 million if the pic doesn't hold internationally; conversely, the losses could be closer to $110 million if it does have strong legs offshore, sources add. "I do feel we've been misrepresented and under-represented, not only in Hollywood," she says, before highlighting a recent study revealing that the number of Latinx characters in film and TV lags far behind the actual proportion of the US population. Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys were rejected by audiences. While Genisys played around with time travel in a way not dissimilar to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, Dark Fate brought back the two core cast members (Hamilton and Schwarzenegger) as glorified mentors in a loose remake of Terminator 2 which offered new, young and (comparatively) diverse new heroes in a pass-the-torch relaunch. Hollywood is getting hammered on all sides by a deluge of (often mediocre) streaming and VOD content, and their answer is offering, as a prime theatrical attraction intended to be an event movie, something that audiences have specifically & explicitly rejected twice before. The three studios each put up 30% of the budget, with China’s Tencent contributing the remaining cash. ", Artificial intelligence and angry robots aren't trying to kill us yet, but there are plenty of urgent issues affecting us right here in the present. The first film was a pulpy B-movie sci-fi horror flick that was a small-scale hit. Think, offhand, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Addams Family Values and (relatively speaking) Ouija: Origins of Evil. Audiences wanted to see Star Wars, so the inclusive cast was either not a detriment or an added value element. Linda Hamilton, left, and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in Skydance Productions and Paramount ... [+] Pictures' "TERMINATOR: DARK FATE.". Netflix and Skydance are also making The Old Guard, an action pic directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. But that’s another geek-out story for another time. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Absolutely. Likewise, Prometheus (which was sold as an original movie with loose connections to Alien) notwithstanding, the appeal of the Alien series was less about the scary creature(s) and more about audiences gravitating to Ellen Ripley and her “Get away from her, you bitch!” action heroics. If that’s the case (which is firmly stated in the first film as being the reason why neither Kyle Reese nor the Terminator were able to take any futuristic weaponry with them to 1984, and why they both arrived naked), how the hell did the T-1000 get through in T2? (Insiders at Paramount and Skydance don't disagree.). It didn’t work, partially because Star Wars is more popular than Terminator, partially because audiences rejected the last two Terminator movies and partially because Terminator is an R-rated property that doesn’t lend itself to family outings at the multiplex. Point being, even if audiences weren’t crazy about the Rob Zombie Halloween movies or Halloween Resurrection, the last Halloween movie to star Jamie Lee Curtis was a well-received hit. "Our director was crying," remembers Reyes. Considering the damage done to the franchise by the last two films, and the new normal (where folks no longer go to the movies just to go to the movies), Dark Fate needed to be Fury Road-level good to win folks back. As of this posting, the Tim Miller-directed and James Cameron-produced Terminator: Dark Fate has earned $29 million domestic and $124 million worldwide following a disastrous global launch. So while going the legacy sequel route worked for Star Wars, it didn’t work for Terminator and may not work any better, more responsible budgeting notwithstanding, for Predator and Alien. The Terminator star was brought to tears on the first day of filming -- and not because of her reunion with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moreover, there’s a case to be made that Predator was less “a big franchise” than a singular hit with a great elevator pitch (action star and his slightly less famous pals get hunted by an alien trophy hunter) that offered an in-his-prime Arnold Schwarzenegger in a well-liked (and well-reviewed) sci-fi actioner. So, without further ado…. For now, I will focus on why it was painfully predictable.