Not that the franchise had retained the best batting average past James Cameron’s Terminator 2, but 2015’s Terminator Genisys was, for many, a new low for the series. With a dismal 26% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an opening weekend gross of just $27 million, the messy Genisys wasn’t a hit with critics or audiences, leading to the full on reset of the franchise that Deadpool director Tim Miller is currently working on; Miller’s film will pick up after T2, ignoring the events of all subsequent sequels… including Genisys.
Needless to say, “Game of Thrones” and Solo star Emilia Clarke‘s run as Sarah Connor is over after just one film; original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton, will be reprising the iconic role in Miller’s aforementioned film. And that’s totally cool with Clarke, the actress tells Vanity Fair. In fact, she’s relieved to be done with the franchise.
In an extensive chat with the mag, Clarke reflected on Genisys‘ nightmare production. Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson writes…
“Solo wasn’t the first troubled blockbuster to test Clarke’s resilience. If anything, the production of 2015’s Terminator Genisys was more chaotic. She watched frequent Thrones director Alan Taylor get “eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.” When the film underperformed at the box office, she was “relieved” to not have to return for any sequels. News of the rocky production traveled, and Clarke says the crew on the famously disastrous Fantastic Four, which was filming nearby, even had jackets made that read, AT LEAST WE’RE NOT ON TERMINATOR. “Just to give you a summary,” she says, laughing.”
Yikes. Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, also released in 2015, was a notoriously disastrous production, so you can imagine how much of a nightmare Genisys was behind the scenes.
But hey, it was bad enough to lead to a much-needed franchise reset, so there’s a silver lining there. Paramount will release Tim Miller’s Terminator on November 22, 2019.