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Despite receiving abysmal reviews from both fans and critics, the fifth movie, , earned back three times its budget. Because of its financial success, it was inevitable that a sixth installment of the Terminator franchise would be soon be in the works, but that may not be happening after all.

If industry reports are to be believed, the untitled Terminator 6 has been put on indefinite hold following the critical mauling of Genisys.

Watch the trailer for Terminator Genisys below.

Hasta La Vista, T6

According to an insider working with New York Daily News, the prospect of making a new Terminator movie has lost all luster among the filmmakers, producers and even the actors who worked on Genisys.

'Terminator Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Terminator Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

As said by the news outlet's Los Angeles-based insider:

“It is over for ‘The Terminator’ and Arnold [Schwarzenegger]... The studio has taken the sequel off the production slate completely, meaning there is no preproduction or any plans for another sequel. The talent had been offered long term deals, but this is not happening.”

For yet undisclosed reasons, the T-800 himself apparently lost interest in reprising his most famous role despite being offered a lucrative deal for multiple movies. This is a sudden change of heart after Schwarzenegger said that he was looking forward to the sixth Terminator movie last year.

'Terminator Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Terminator Genisys' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Genisys was meant to be a revival for Terminator, but it failed to rekindle newfound interest in the decades-old sci-fi action series. For Terminator fans, Genisys was a betrayal of everything the original movies stood for. For newcomers, Genisys felt as if it was more concerned with pandering to Terminator fans rather than welcoming new audiences.

At the end of the day, Genisys was nothing more than a forgettable time-killer that just so happened to be a sequel to one of the most influential action movies ever made.

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A New Fight For The Future

Ever since Genisys rubbed viewers the wrong way, the future of the Terminator movies has been up in the air. Though the potential Genisys sequels may be out of the question, this doesn't mean that fans will no longer be able to get the new Terminator movie they deserve.

Cameron (center) directs 'Judgment Day' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]
Cameron (center) directs 'Judgment Day' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]

Earlier this year, Terminator mastermind was able to reacquire the rights to his brainchild after winning a lengthy legal battle that stems all the way back to the early '90s. While he won't direct it (that job would fall to director Tim Miller), Cameron said that he would be as involved as possible in the making of the upcoming sixth Terminator movie.

Cameron originally sold the rights of the first Terminator in order to get the movie made when he was still a struggling filmmaker. Despite making the first two Terminator movies, Cameron wasn't the legal owner of the films' rights. Realizing how much time could be wasted in the courts, the director didn't bother trying to reaffirm ownership of everything related to Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) until just recently.

If there's anyone who can get the Terminator movies back on track, it's the guy who turned his nightmare about a killer robot into a pair of blockbuster legends in the first place.

'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]
'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' [Credit: TriStar Pictures]

With the end of the Genisys timeline and the filmmakers' realization that nostalgia pandering can only go so far, the time to pass the torch to someone else and return the Terminator movies back to their roots has never been more evident.

Cameron's return to the franchise and his promise to make a proper conclusion for the Terminator story could solve both problems at the same time. Maybe then humanity's war against the machines can finally come to a satisfying end.

What do you think of this latest development in the 'Terminator' movies?

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