While “Fantastic Four” takes the crown for the ugliest blockbuster reboot flop of 2015, “Terminator: Genisys” comes in a close second. Paramount‘s attempt to revive the franchise, while also retconning the storyline we’ve known so far, was a muddled mess, a movie that was continually pulled between going in a new direction, and referencing every iconic moment in the series. At first claiming they were going to be “re-adjusting” the approach for the planned sequel, the studio wound up taking it off their schedule altogether, and now one of the principal players says she won’t be back.
Many years ago it was said that the rights to the franchise will apparently revert back to James Cameron in 2018, but who knows how the legal stuff in that time has changed. And anyway, he’s busy making “Avatar” movies for the foreseeable future. So you can probably count “The Terminator” franchise as dead for now, but like any branded property in Hollywood, it’s only a matter of time until someone tries reviving it again.