Paramount, has mapped out a plan for multiple Transformers sequels and spinoffs to be released over the next decade, and Goldberg confirmed during her TheGrill talk that Paramount and Skydance are approaching the Terminator franchise in the same way:
“At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises. So the idea of a ‘Terminator’ TV show fits into that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”
Shared universe building is a different process that franchise building, however, and some studios have already learned the hard way that even a partial misstep in the shared universe construction process can throw all future plans out of whack Financially-speaking, though, Terminator Genisys did well enough to justify the continuation of the franchise, based on its continued global appeal.
The key at this stage, as Goldberg put it, is for Paramount and Skydance to better determine what the world wants to see from this property, moving forward:
“Happily, we live in the world where the domestic number had a level of importance 10 or 15 years ago — I’m not saying it’s not important, it is — but we have to play to a worldwide market. In terms of ‘Terminator,’ the worldwide market paid attention, but we’re not taking the domestic number lightly… [We’ll collect] data and research to do a worldwide study and really talk to audiences about what they loved, and what maybe didn’t work for them, so that the next we take with the franchise is the right one.”