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Franchise Terminated - What Went Wrong with the Terminator Series

Shant Istamboulian | 22 Jul 2015 13:00
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1984's sci-fi smash The Terminator proved that big things come in small packages. It turned James Cameron, a sometime apprentice to low-budget king Roger Corman, into a filmmaking force to be reckoned with, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former Mr. Olympia, into a bona fide star despite saddling him with only 58 words to speak.

Its sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was released in 1991 amid fevered anticipation and was an instant blockbuster. Thanks to a clever twist that turned Arnie's T-800 into a good guy, T2 proved that summer sequels need not suck all the time. With a worldwide gross of $519 million, it remains his biggest hit.

After that, the "pahty" was pretty much over. Cameron left the franchise to sink ocean liners and play with avatars, but the franchise refused to die. With rights issues up for grabs (the first film was independently financed so it was not owned by a single studio), producers of all kinds attempted keep the cyborg from becoming "obsolete." But the results proved to be a cautionary tale on just how not to handle a lucrative franchise full of potential.

With the fifth film in the series, Terminator Genisys, now playing in theaters, let's take a look at just what happened to this beloved franchise...

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