The upcoming Terminator movie, Terminator: Genisys, won't be in theaters until July, 2015, but Paramount Studios just scheduled dates for not one, but two sequels.
According to First Showing, Paramount Pictures has taken a page from the Marvel playbook and booked two dates way, way into the future for the Terminator: Genisys sequels on May 19, 2017 and June 19, 2018. However, that means there will be an almost two year wait between the first new Terminator movie and its first sequel. But scheduling the films at all means the studio has a lot of confidence in Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the franchise he made famous.
Having only a year between the second and third Terminator: Genisys films means the sequels will either be shot back-to-back or simultaneously as Peter Jackson did with both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films. Setting release dates for the films this far in advance also gives the key actors in the films -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney -- an opportunity to schedule other films and commitments around the Terminator sequels.
There's also one other Terminator-sized problem for Paramount: The rights to the Terminator franchise revert back to James Cameron in 2019, so the studio needs to get everything done before that deadline.
On top of the films, Paramount is also going ahead with a new Terminator television show developed by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles writers/producers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, according to Screen Rant. The thought is that the new Terminator television show will tie into the movies the same way Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has with that studio's films.
To this point, not much is known about the plot for the Terminator: Genisys film. We do know that the plot involves the T-800 Terminator, (Arnold Schwarzenegger's model), but one whose biological exterior has aged (Imagine that! How convenient). Actors J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith are said to be debuting in the story of the first Terminator: Genisys film, and there is speculation that their characters will become much more central in the second and third films. There's also no word as to how closely Genisys will tie in with or update the prior Terminator films.
Alan Taylor is directing the first Terminator: Genisys film. The one major film on Taylor's resume is Thor: The Dark World, so the man isn't a newbie when it comes to big, science fiction/fantasy blockbusters.
We're sure to hear much, much more about Terminator: Genisys and its two sequels in the coming year.