A quick line buried in a THR report about financiers who become film producers should be of note to fans concerned about the future of the Terminator franchise. Terminator Genisys didn't exactly light the domestic box office on fire, but it managed to pull in almost $90 million stateside and made $350 million worldwide, which theoretically would be enough to justify its planned sequels which are slated for 2017 and 2019. But THR paints a different picture, relaying that their "sources say the notion of a Terminator universe is on hold indefinitely."
Does that mean that the movies won't hit their projected release dates? That's certainly what it's hinting at, but there's one possible reading of this news that may not lead to that outcome. Though the planned TV series (which was said to cross over with the events of the new films) isn't mentioned at all in the THR article, it's possible that their source could have meant that the show has been put on hold, and therefore the future of a larger "Terminator universe" is in question. But that's a very charitable reading. More likely is the fact that the movies are on hold as Paramount tries to figure out what to do. I didn't mind Genisys, but if the sequels had a better story, I certainly wouldn't complain about it. Hopefully they either improve the scripts or abandon the idea of a new trilogy altogether. I don't want to see this franchise slowly die a protracted death.