Paramount Pictures have this week announced release dates for not one but two sequels set to follow in the wake of their upcoming science-fiction thriller movie Terminator Genisys. Taking the form of a direct continuation of the long-running film franchise, Genisys will once again star the (seemingly) immortal Arnold Please-Don't-Make-Us-Spell-His-Surname alongside new guest stars such as Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke (pictured above), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Jason Clarke and even Doctor Who's Matt Smith.
Is it outrageously ambitious of Paramount to plan a trilogy of semi-rebooted Terminator films before the first instalment is even released in cinemas? Probably. Could it pay dividends in the long run? Quite possibly. Will the rest of this article be written as a series of quasi-rhetorical questions? As tempting as that would be, we'll instead take a look at where those two aforementioned follow-ups are scheduled to be placed in the 2017 and 2018 cinematic line-ups and how they might fare as a result of their chronological alignments.
Undoubtedly, we've got a stronger understanding of how 2017 could pan out at this precise moment, particularly as a host of sequels including The Wolverine 3, The Divergent Saga: Insurgent - Part 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Despicable Me 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are all already known to be on the way that year (oh, and don't forget Avatar 4 or the second Star Wars spin-off entry, of course), yet so far, May 2017 only contains a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry and The LEGO Movie 2, which could provide the first successor to Genisys with just the opportunity it needs to thrive commercially (its critical reception will naturally depend on how its predecessor goes down next Summer). The second follow-up will have Godzilla 2 to contend with in June 2018, however; in other words, it'll need to bring its serious A-game if it hopes to tackle the remarkably CGI-orientated competition in a financially lucrative manner.
Terminator Genisys will activate in cinemas across the globe on July 1st, 2015, after which the revived franchise's second instalment will land on May 19th, 2017 and its immediate successor will follow suit on June 29th, 2018.