Whatever you personally think of Terminator Salvation, there’s no denying that director McG’s return to the world of Skynet pretty much killed the franchise. It’ll be awhile before we see anything new from the Terminator now and series star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who didn’t appear in Salvation (at least not in person), knows why. It was awful.
Talking to Collider about possible sequels to some of his famous franchises Arnie had this to say, “[I’m open to] all those things, if it’s True Lies, Terminator, a well-made Terminator…the last one was awful. It tried hard, not that they didn’t try, the acting and everything. It missed the boat.”
Obvious truth is obvious. Terminator Salvation wasn’t particularly good. It’s just rare that you hear Hollywood stars actually come out and say it. Maybe it’s easier for Arnold to be honest than normal, since he wasn’t involved. The fact that it failed is kind of a feather in his cap, in a strange, roundabout way.
Technically a fifth Terminator movie is in development, but it’s not going anywhere fast, and nobody seems particularly enthusiastic about it. Justin Lin was attached to direct but left the project where it now lingers in a development hell made chiefly of gritty promises. Terminator Salvation, with its dismal 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, really was just that awful.