In the world of shared universes and spinoffs, it’s time for the Terminator franchise to have a tv show yet again. During a group interview for the press day for Terminator Genisys, Skydance CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg talked about where a new Terminator TV show stands, and while they didn’t go into detail of what the story would be they wanted it to be part of a “larger universe”.
Here’s what David Ellison had to say:
“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. The dream for us would be to be able to obviously make films, television shows, we have a video game with Glu, comic books, and they all should be standalone experiences. If you just watch the movies or if you just watch a television show, it’s a complete experience. But if you are the kind of fans that we are over this material, and you watch all of it collectively, it all interweaves to feel like a larger universe that you can experience if you’re a huge fan of Terminator or any of the other franchises that we’re fortunate to work on, that’s really when you talk about the future of Skydance, one of the things that we really want to be a part of building”
When asked about where the movie stands within the franchise, he added:
“A little premature to be able to say, but I will say anything we do along those lines, it will absolutely have connective tissue. It would be a mistake and a little old-fashioned to have a television show and a movie, both based on something that actually don’t cross over in any way, shape, or form”
And when Dana Goldberg was asked if and when the show happened, where would it air on, two major platforms were mentioned.
“Yeah, we’re always gonna try to pick the place that’s the best for that show. With Grace and Frankie for example, we pitched it to three places, and all three places wanted it. One was network, one was Netflix, one was HBO. It’s a great luxury to be able to make that decision and ultimately when we’re sitting in the room with the people who are working on the show, Marta [Kauffman] and Lily [Tomlin] and Jane [Fonda], we all decided that Netflix was the place to be. We couldn’t be happier. We’re having a fantastic time and we look forward to working with them again in the future on other shows, but it’ll always be what is best for the subject matter”