Paramount Pictures has set a May 19, 2017, release date for Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch,” replacing “Terminator 2” — which has been dropped from the schedule.
“Terminator: Genisys,” the franchise’s reboot starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke,” grossed only $89 million domestically last summer before slightly rebounding overseas to $350 million. It was also a misfire with critics, scoring a weak 26% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
Skydance, which co-financed “Terminator: Genisys,” had originally planned a new trilogy with Paramount but said in October were “re-adjusting” after the disappointing ticket sales.
Paramount announced in 2014 that it had the dated “Terminator 2” for May 19, 2017, and “Terminator 3” on June 29, 2018. Under copyright rules, North American rights to The Terminator franchise would revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 — 35 years after the original “Terminator” was released.
As for “Baywatch,” Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and newcomer Ilfenesh Hadera are starring with Johnson in the movie reboot of the 1990s television show “Baywatch.” Seth Gordon is directing.
Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Plot details have been kept under wraps.s Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.