Terminator: Genisys might be just a week away, but it looks like the long-rumored television show might still be on track, with Skydance Productions eyeing a larger universe for the franchise to work with.
A rebooted Terminator show has been rumored since 2013, helmed by the same writers who worked on The Sarah Connor Chronicles in 2008. In a recent interview with Skydance CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg in Germany, they indicated that the show was still in development:
DAVID ELLISON: It’s something that we’re developing as we speak. To speak kind of larger to that, one of the things we would love to do at Skydance—it’s a very lofty goal—is to build worlds across multiple mediums. And to me, I think everyone talks in Hollywood about franchises, ‘it’s a franchise business, it’s a franchise business’. I think that’s a slightly old-fashioned word, and I think it’s a world creation business.
That seems to indicate that Skydance is looking to create a sort of Terminator Cinematic Universe together, one that would help continue the franchise forward. Goldberg hedged when asked about where they would pitch the show, noting that television drama has no shortage of outlets:
ELLISON: Our gut aspiration would be a cable-driven show for something like Terminator. It’s amazing to be in the network space. We have not been a part of it yet, but obviously when you’re focused on making 13 episodes, it allows you to have more development time to dive deeper. That being said, there have been amazing shows on network television.
Much of this hinges on how well Terminator Genisys turns out: much like other ambitious Cinematic Universe projects (such as Dracula Untold), it helps to start with quality material, and it remains to be seen whether or not Genisys is closer to Terminator 2 or Terminator Salvation.