Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to say “Hasta La Vista, Baby,” to the Terminator movies, as the actor has reportedly decided he’s not going to be returning to the franchise.
According to a source close to NY Daily News, the almost 70-year-old action star is ready to call it quits.
“It is over for The Terminator and Arnold,” the source stated. “The studio has taken the sequel [to Terminator Genisys] off the production slate completely, meaning there is no pre-production or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening.
“The Genysis movie was seen as a way of reviving (the franchise), but the critics were not happy and somehow the studio bosses fell out of love with making more, even though they made huge profits.”
While it’s a bit unclear if the source is referring to Genisys specifically or the franchise as a whole when referencing Terminator’s “huge profits” (Genisys definitely lost Paramount a lot of money), it’s hardly surprising to see Schwarzenegger walking considering his age and how poorly Genisys fared both critically and commercially.
That being said, this news goes against reports from earlier this year that stated James Cameron, director of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, would produce the next film in the franchise, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) set to direct. It’s unlikely that Paramount would let a franchise with as much brand recognition and prior success as Terminator die, but wherever it goes from here, it seems pretty clear that Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be involved.