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Terminator: Genisys sequel terminated as Baywatch comes to the rescue

Terminator Genisys

Story by Jack Foley

PLANS to create a new Terminator trilogy have apparently been terminated following the poor box office showing of last year’s Terminator Genisys.

Paramount has removed a planned Terminator sequel from its release schedule for 2017, replacing it instead with Dwayne Johnson’s Baywatch movie.

Terminator: Genisys was meant to be the first film in a new trilogy uniting original star Arnold Schwarzenegger with younger actors Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. But poor reviews, coupled with a poor box office performance in the US, placed any follow-up in jeopardy.

The film did actually pick up around $350m outside of the US and made the top 20 list of highest grossing films in 2015. But its failure to break the $100 million mark States-side eventually proved too costly to risk any further sequels given the production costs involved.

Hence, plans to release a new Terminator film in 2017 and 2018 now look done and dusted.

Instead, Paramount is hoping its Baywatch revival will appeal to big audiences unfamiliar with the original. Zac Efron is also on board as Johnson’s co-star.

“We’re going to make it badass, but we still want to pay homage to the original show, so it’s really a careful combination,” Efron told MTV last year. “We’re going to beat up some dudes, and swim a lot.”

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