How times have changed: You have to imagine that movie audiences were beyond thrilled when Terminator 2: Judgment Day was announced in the early 1990s… but now, the latest Terminator film news was met mostly with laughter. Then again, it could have to do with the title—Terminator: Genisys.
Schwarzenegger unveiled the film’s official title when he posted the above photo to his Instagram (via Deadline). Now, the working title had already been Terminator: Genesis, but clearly someone in the marketing department decided that that was just too boring for the fifth installment.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, for us), the Internet didn’t let them get away with it:
TERMINATOR: GENISYS is a grim vision of the future where robots and humans live in total harmony in a crusade to kill the English language.
— Peter S. Hall (@PeterSHall) August 6, 2014
“Our title resulted from too much Michelob Light and an iPhone autocorrect mistake.” [Excerpt from the TERMINATOR: GENISYS oral history]
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) August 6, 2014
Terminator: Genisys is actually the story of the birth of the Genesis video game System.
— Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) August 6, 2014
I’m assuming Genisys is the latest corporation in the Terminator franchise to bring on the apocalypse. Or apockalipse. Or apokellipses…
— Jeremy Kirk (@JeremyKKirk) August 6, 2014
Just heard about Terminator: Genisys. We’re trailbazyrs!
— Ted A’Zary (@Syfy) August 6, 2014
Shout-out to Syfy for that last one. Nothing like scathing tweets deriding your choice of movie title. Of course, if the studio were looking for publicity, they got it in droves.
If you’re looking for more laughs, check out Entertainment Weekly’s 101 suggestions for better titles (we’re caught between Terminator: Back 2 the Hood and Terminator: WWJD?).
Terminator: Genisys comes out July 1, 2015. Yep.