Arnold Schwarzenegger has been saying "I'll be back" for three decades, ever since his first outing as a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 killing machine in
True to that pledge, the sexagenarian action hero and former California governor will return to the big screen next week in "Terminator Genisys." Directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World") from a script by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the film, which just held its European premiere, cost a hefty $170 million to make. It is the fifth installment (Schwarzenegger's fourth) of a franchise that has grossed more than $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
But despite the series' successes and its grand designs for the future —
"Terminator" fans have been skeptical as details about "Genisys" trickled out over the last year. The odd spelling of "Genisys," for example, was met with derision when it was unveiled last August.
A few months later, Entertainment Weekly unveiled a first look at the film, including details about a retooled origin story for heroine Sarah Connor (
In April, a "Genisys" trailer took the unusual step of revealing what would seem to be a major plot spoiler: namely, that this movie's John Connor (
"Genisys," at least, has secured the endorsement of one very important fan — Cameron. Though he was not involved with the making of the new film, in a promotional video released by Paramount this month, the "Terminator" and "T2" director said "Genisys" is "very respectful" of his movies.
"I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated," he added, "like this is a renaissance" — a comment Paramount clearly hopes reassures nervous fans and brings them into theaters.
If the film manages to please that group, it could keep the machine going and give a boost to Schwarzenegger, who hasn't anchored a hit in several years, and the franchise, which was mired in a legal battle for several years. If not, further "Terminator" movies could end up back on the drawing board, or the scrap heap.