“Old but not obsolete,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger’s battered robot in Terminator:Genisys and then repeats the phrase.
And in case you still didn’t get it, later in the movie, the aging T model mutters, “Old …” and budding action star Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard, Jack Reacher) finishes the phrase.
“Old but not obsolete” …. that must be a mantra for Mr. S. as he watches one after another of his “comeback” vehicles (The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Maggie) implode at the U.S. box office. Even Sabotage, frontloaded with currently hot young stars like Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington and Joe Manganiello, flamed out domestically. (Arnold is still a major player globally. According to boxofficemojo.com 79% of the box office take for Terminator: Genisys came from overseas markets.)
This must have sounded good to Emilia Clarke. (She`s the Brit babe with the blonde wig who plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO-TV`s Game of Thrones) …. a chance to reboot the storied Hollywood franchise with the original Terminator as star. Unfortunately, this muddled attempt to revise the mythology behind the series – by screenwriters Leata Kalogridis (Alexander) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry), director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) should share part of the blame – – is an embarrassing misfire. ( Ms. Clarke deserves some sort of award just for calling Mr. Schwarzenegger’s beaten-up old automaton “Pops” with a straight face.)
For Ms. Clarke there will be other films. (She has already completed two of them since Terminator:Genisys and, of course, another season of GoT is set to roll.)
For Ah-nold the choices are less obvious. He can commandeer a cable TV series (these days cable TV has almost as much prestige as a hit film) if his ego can accommodate it. There is always the direct-to-video route (at the rate Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren are pumping them out there must be some merit to the format).
In the meantime Mr. S. is revisiting another of his 80s hits with a new film project called The Legend of Conan (no, it’s not about Conan O’Brien.)