Maybe he won't be back?

The new "Terminator" sequel is drowning, and not even hot people running in slow-motion on the beach can save it. Yesterday, Paramount Pictures announced that it was pulling the "Terminator: Genisys" follow-up from the release schedule. "Terminator 2" (not to be confused with the perfection of James Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day") was scheduled for May 19, 2017, but now the "Baywatch" reboot with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Kelly Rohrbach and company has that date.

Deadline said the studio had no further comment on the move, but actions speak louder than words. As the site noted, in 2014, before "Genisys" underwhelmed with critics and domestic audiences, Paramount had planned out release dates for both "Terminator 2" and "Terminator 3," which was supposed to arrive in June 2018. Now the whole thing seems up in the air, which is one of the dangers of counting franchise reboot chickens before they hatch.

"Terminator: Genisys" was popular overseas, making $440.6 million, but it didn't even quite make $90M domestically, and that's with a reported budget of roughly $155M.

Meanwhile, the other "Terminator 2" -- "T2: Judgment Day" -- is getting a special 3D conversion for its 25th anniversary this year. James Cameron is overseeing that process for a summer 2016 theater release. So maybe we should just let that be the only "Terminator 2" we know.

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