It seems almost inconceivable that less than two years after the final rites were read for the Terminator franchise that we're actually excited about a new reboot with the official involvement of James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but in Hollywood nothing is ever truly dead if there's still one red cent left to be made on its corpse.
To add an even greater level of legitimacy and excitement over the resurrection of the property after the abysmal Terminator Genisys, legacy actress Linda Hamilton has now joined the cast and will be returning to the franchise that made her a star as the tough commando mother of savior John Connor, Sarah Connor.
THR has reported that the ex-Mrs. James Cameron is signed on for the sixth installment of this once-legendary creative property and the exact extent of her role has not been disclosed, nor has the exact plotline said to have been written by The Dark Knight trilogy's David Goyer, Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Goyer collaborator Justin Rhodes.
The announcement was made by Cameron at a private Terminator event last night, telling attendees, "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return."
Directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, this new film is planned as part of an overarching trilogy and, with Arnie and Cameron's participation, will round up the same artists who delivered the smash hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 1991 and the original The Terminator from 1984.
"We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story," said Cameron. "We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we'll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it."
Does Hamilton's addition to the cast of Terminator 6 after a 25 year absence make you hopeful that Skynet's master extermination plan might finally be halted this time, or should the Terminator franchise just go gently into that molten metal vat?