Although the plot is being kept under wraps, one thing we now know for sure is that the flick will ignore those Cameron-less (and mostly bad) sequels. The sixth films is slated to open in theaters on July 26, 2019.
That’s what the Avatar director confirmed in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Basically, fans can now say "Hasta la Vista, Baby" to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator: Salvation (2009), and 2015’s bomb Terminator: Genisys as part of the main continuity. Cameron, who will produce the new movie while Tim Miller (Deadpool) will sit in the director’s chair, had this to say:
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we're pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
Miller also had a few insights into the staying power of Terminator (1984), and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), saying: “The [first] films are more relevant today than they were when he made them. A lot of it seems like prognostication because it's coming to be — the world we live in right now.”
The new film’s story is being written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Justin Rhodes (Green Lantern Corps). It's expected to see Linda Hamilton passing the baton to a young female lead, according to THR's report. Cameron explained how he approached his ex-wife and the star of the first two Terminator films, saying:
“It took me a week just to get up the nerve. No, that's not true. Linda and I have a great relationship. We've stayed friends through the thick and thin of it all. And she is the mother of my eldest daughter. [They were married from 1997 to 1999.] So I called her up, and I said: "Look, we could rest on our laurels. It's ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here's what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it's done." Because in my mind, it hasn't been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in '91.”
With Miller adding: “As strong a character as she was, as meaningful as she was to gender and to action stars everywhere, I think it's going to make a huge f**king statement to have her be the really seasoned warrior that she's become.”
Amen to that. Miller, who dropped out of fiming Deadpool 2 over creative differences last year, also explained in a separate THR interview why he chose to helm the next Terminator film:
“I feel like there was so much more to be done with these characters,” he said of the Terminator franchise. “I mean, I wanted to make Deadpool 2. I was going to do that, until I wasn't. So, there was that, which took up about seven months of my time. But even then, David [Ellison, who has the rights to the Terminator franchise] and I were talking, like after Deadpool 2, it was going to be this [Terminator].”
Are you relieved to see James Cameron will ignore those crappy Terminator sequels and instead follow Terminator and Terminator: Judgement Day?