Arnold Schwarzenegger to return as Terminator in Tencent-backed trilogy
Schwarzenegger still has a significant following in China
“I’ll be back.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger probably didn’t know it at the time, but his words have certainly rung true.
This time he’ll return thanks to Tencent, after the company announced it plans on rebooting the Terminator franchise with three new films -- with the first to be released in 2019.
Just like in the US, China's entertainment companies have been trying to get an upper-hand in the battle for eyeballs by offering exclusive content.
Film industry insiders put the success down to Schwarzenegger’s enduring popularity in China, along with the country’s fascination with films featuring robots and machines. Transformers and Pacific Rim are two other franchises that did particularly well in mainland China.
Tencent isn’t the only Chinese company banking on Terminator’s huge following.
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