Fact: Terminator: Genysis is a flop. Among the most cited reasons for the failure is the very convoluted screenplay. Perhaps convoluted would be a nice way to describe the screenplay. Awful is the word a lot of critics are using. Audience members are a bit kinder to the film but, to the chagrin of Paramount and Skydance Productions, those audience members are few in number. The confusing, beneful, poorly conceived screenplay simply ruins the first entry in what should have been a successful new trilogy.
Why would such a bad screenplay go forward?
Do not think that Hollywood producers care about the quality of scripts. Sure, there are a lot of “how to” screenplay books out there noting the importance of writing great plots, dialogue, and characters. Sure, those elements are important but a lot of movies get made without them. Frequently, movies are conceived solely with marketing strategies in mind.
With Terminator: Genisys, both the production house and the distributor seemingly figured, as long as Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the iconic role, people would buy tickets. To a degree, that was a correct assessment. The other belief was a screenplay focusing redoing the timelines of Terminator I & II would bring in old and new fans. What a bad idea that turned out to be. Revamping the first two films in a weird sequel/reboot combo did nothing but create a muddled screenplay. The end result was a film not many people liked.