26th July 2019 is the day to put in your diary as the date when the next Terminator movie lands in cinemas, seeing the return of the classic triumvirate of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron. Here’s what we know so far...
1. James Cameron is back in charge
The original writer and director of the Terminator films hasn’t had anything to do with the franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day way back in 1991. But now he’s back in charge of the series he created 33 years ago, and we couldn’t be happier. Though there are good things about the three Terminator movies that he wasn’t involved with, the series has missed James Cameron's sure hand and sense of cinematic scale.
2. Deadpool's Tim Miller is directing
With James Cameron currently busy with his umpteen planned Avatar sequels, sadly he won’t have time to direct the new Terminator. So his involvement is, in seems, in cooking up the story and overseeing the project. Still, we have faith in his choice of director, Deadpool’s Tim Miller, who helped make that potty-mouthed comic book movie one of the biggest superhero hits of the past few years.
3. Arnie's back...
Well, would it really be a Terminator movie without Schwarzenegger? Although he’s now 70, he’s still in remarkably good shape and, whether it’s a Terminator film or not, we’re just excited to see him reunited with James Cameron (the duo also made the brilliant True Lies together).
4. ... And so is Linda Hamilton
Making a return to the franchise after a 26-year absence is Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. She backed out of the series after Terminator 2 (her character was already dead by the time of Terminator 3, while Emilia Clarke played her in Terminator Genisys), but now, Cameron has confirmed, she’s back. Hurrah!
5. This movie will ignore the previous three
The Terminator series has never been very consistent. The timeline is all over the place, and we’ve seen four different actors in four different films playing John Connor. So ignoring the past three films makes a kind of sense, and allows Cameron to bring Sarah Connor back in an uncomplicated, non-timey-wimey way.
“There are certainly plenty of 50-, 60-, 70-something guys out there that just keep cranking along doing action movies and killing bad guys left and right,” said Cameron recently. “But there isn't an example of that for women, and I think there should be.”
6. It will kickstart a new trilogy
Mind you, this is what they said about Terminator Genisys. Difference is, this has the franchise’s mastermind behind it, so we’re trusting that THIS trilogy will actually happen. It’s reported that the new film will have a young female lead as well as Hamilton and Schwarzenegger, and Cameron says that this character will be the lead for the movies going forward.
“We're starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories,” Cameron said last month. “And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold's character and Linda's character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won't say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak.”
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