Like a certain unstoppable cyborg, the Terminator franchise implacably rolls forward with its sixth instalment. And driving force James Cameron has now revealed the working title of the latest Terminator movie is Dark Fate.
Currently hard at work on his Avatar sequels (his latest film Alita: Battle Angel is out now), Cameron, who produces the movie, revealed the title during a Yahoo Entertainment interview. Whether it'll stick between now and the movie's proposed November 2019 release date remains to be seen.
Terminator: Dark Fate is being helmed by Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller, and brings back Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor. The movie wipes all of the movies post-Terminator 2 from the timeline, promising to take everything back to its roots. ("Tim’s a very wilful and opinionated director," says Cameron, "and he’s got his own ideas for the film. I’m kind of like the Pips — he’s Gladys.")
Having emerged as the mother of the saviour of mankind in 1984's The Terminator, Connor then transformed into a battle-hardened warrior in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both movies were directed by Cameron, and the latter ended with Connor, her son John (Edward Furlong) and Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 robot averting the incoming cyborg apocalypse.
It's therefore not clear what re-setting the clock will mean for the franchise's storyline. Nevertheless, Cameron is enthusiastic about Connor's return: "Fans are going to want to see her again, and they’re going to want to see the real Sarah Connor and what time and dealing with these tragic futures has done to her. It’s hardened her even more, but in a way that made her much stronger. Maybe less likeable, but stronger."
He adds: "And ultimately, she becomes a really important character in passing the baton to the new characters that come in. It’s a very female-centric film, which I’m glad Tim embraced those themes."
With new faces including Black Mirror's Mackenzie Davis and Colombian newcomer Natalia Reyes, only one question remains: will Arnie return to his signature role?
""I said, 'I can’t be involved in this film at all if Arnold [Schwarzenegger] is not in it,'" Cameron answers.
Terminator: Dark Fate (as it's currently known) is released on 1st November. Tweet us your thoughts on the movie @Cineworld.