Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

‘Terminator Dark Fate’: New trailer, poster, time travel and trilogy plans confirmed,

Terminator Salvation and Terminator: Genisys disappointed audiences, so there’s a lot of skepticism about whether or not Terminator can actually continue as a viable franchise ahead of Terminator: Dark Fate.

During an interview with Deadline, producer James Cameron revealed that he crafted the story with director Tim Miller and producer David Ellison of Skydance before they took the pitch to Linda Hamilton.

“We spent several weeks breaking story and figuring out what type of story we wanted to tell so we would have something to pitch Linda. We rolled up our sleeves and started to break out the story and when we got a handle on something we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told. If we get fortunate enough to make some money with Dark Fate we know exactly where we can go with the subsequent films.”

Fans have wondered how much Cameron has been involved.

The script was completed by a writers room of sorts that included Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray. Cameron explained his part in shaping the script after that:

“I focused on getting the script punched up. I didn’t feel like we went into the shoot with the script exactly where it should have been. There was a lot of momentum on the project, there was a start date, there was a lot of energy and a lot of ‘go fever,’ but the script wasn’t where it needed to be so I quietly worked on it in the background and shipping out pages. Sometimes I was shipping out pages the day before they shot a scene. I’m not sure that was 100% always helpful but overall I kept the characters on track and sounding right and being where they needed to be.”

The fact that Cameron is a hands-on producer with this latest sequel, going back to the three preceding Terminator sequels that followed Terminator 2: Judgment Day in order to determine what they shouldn’t do with this one.

“One of the things that seemed obvious from looking at the films that came along later was that we would need to get everything back to the basics and that we would need to avoid the mistakes of making things overly complex and that we needed to avoid stories that jumps around in time and one that goes backward and forward in time. Let’s keep it simple in the relative unity of time. With the story, let’s have the whole thing play out in 36 hours or 48 hours. In the first two movies everything plays out in less than two days in each one so there’s energy and momentum.”

Hamilton takes center stage alongside Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, The Martian, Halt and Catch Fire) and Natalia Reyes (2091, Cumba Ninja).

Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is set to star as the latest version of the titular time-traveling killing machine. Diego Boneta stars as the brother of Reyes’ character.

Reyes is billed as Dani, a young woman from a working-class class neighborhood in Mexico City who finds herself in the battle between humans and machines. Reyes’ character is being described as the Sarah Connor of the new trilogy while Luna’s Terminator will presumably follow in Robert Patrick’s footsteps as the villain.

Davis plays a soldier-assassin from the future and yes…there is Arnold.

Speaking with Total Film, director Miller offered an interesting update regarding the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic T-800. “He looks different, and he is different. It’s an interesting way to portray him. He’s just so iconic, but it’s something we haven’t seen in any of the other films. I personally think that he looks the best since Terminator 2.”

There was also the surprise return of Edward Furlong, who played the young John Connor in Terminator 2.

During the Q&A, TheArnoldFans.com asked Furlong about his return to the franchise.

“I’m not allowed to say anything, but yeah, yeah man, I mean it’s a small role but it’s, you know, I’m in there, man! I’m in there. I’m glad to be back on it, I’m really, really happy to be doing it.”

Miller’s decision to omit the three prior T2 sequels from the original continuity, he didn’t hold back.

“The last movie was not good. Wait, I shouldn’t say that. There have been some… misfires.” He said with a laugh before adding, “You don’t want it to go out that way as a fan. I wanted the franchise to have some kind of noble future again. I wanted to help with that because I love The Terminator so, so much.”

Hamilton shared her experience on the first day of filming, “The first time back in costume was powerful. I walked out of the trailer and it knocked the breath out of everybody. When I saw the look on everyone else’s face, I was like, ‘Alright, I think I can do this!’”

Terminator: Dark Fate is set to arrive in theaters on November 1, 2019.

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