Previously, there was a TV show based on the Terminator franchise called Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. It didn’t have a long run, but it was loved by many fans to the extent that it remains a beloved part of the franchise. Many wanted it back after it was cancelled. With Terminator: Genisys coming to theaters this week, it’s not too big a surprise that some studios are considering a Terminator TV series to help build upon the (hopeful) momentum the franchise will have. Skydance (Skydance, not Skynet) CEO David Ellison spoke to Collider about the possibility of a new Terminator TV series:
“It’s something that we’re developing as we speak. To speak kind of larger to that, one of the things we would love to do at Skydance—it’s a very lofty goal—is to build worlds across multiple mediums. And to me, I think everyone talks in Hollywood about franchises, ‘it’s a franchise business, it’s a franchise business’. I think that’s a slightly old-fashioned word, and I think it’s a world creation business. The dream for us would be to be able to obviously make films, television shows, we have a video game with Glu, comic books, and they all should be standalone experiences. If you just watch the movies or if you just watch a television show, it’s a complete experience. But if you are the kind of fans that we are over this material, and you watch all of it collectively, it all interweaves to feel like a larger universe that you can experience if you’re a huge fan of Terminator or any of the other franchises that we’re fortunate to work on, that’s really when you talk about the future of Skydance, one of the things that we really want to be a part of building.”
Ellison later notes that this is far from a guarantee, but that the open is surely open. If Genisys is a hit like many want it to be, then a new Terminator TV show probably won’t be far behind.
Terminator: Genisys hits theaters on July 1.