“I’ll be back!” — So proclaimed Arnold Schwarzenegger's the Terminator way back in 1984, and what was a humorous threat at the time has seemingly become a universal truth. And in fact, now we know exactly when he'll be back as the film has gotten a release date of July 26, 2019.
We also know that the first film in a new Terminator trilogy will be directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, and that the script is being written by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. And as if that wasn't enough, recently making headlines is the fact that the return engagement is not limited to Ahnuld's killing machine from the future, but also his creator James Cameron (serving as producer/story co-writer) and, it's been announced, Linda Hamilton as the one human Terminators fear, Sarah Connor.
Announces Cameron, "As meaningful as she [Linda Hamilton] 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. There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn't an example of that for women."
In an interview with news.com.au, Cameron, currently prepping no less than four sequels to 2009’s Avatar, explains of the new trilogy, “The question is, has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up? Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films? We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI [Artificial Intelligence].”
He is currently talking to producer David Ellison, the current global rights holder for the Terminator franchise, while, thanks to US copyright law, Cameron will retrieve North American rights in about 18 months.
“He and I are talking about what we can do,” he says. “Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it. We’ll put more meat on the bones if we get past the next couple of hurdles as and when we announce that.”
Some progress on that front has been made. As our sister site Empireonline reports him saying, Cameron explains, ""This is a continuation of the story from The Terminator 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."
The concept for The Terminator, especially when the first entry was released in 1984, was frakkin’ brilliant: A robot from the future, essentially an agent for the A.I., Skynet, comes back in time to murder the woman who is destined to give birth to the man who will some day lead the human revolution against the machine. And this is before she’s even pregnant with the to-be-named John.
In the first film, Arnold Schwarzenegger (prior to going all heroic on us) was the Terminator, and Linda Hamilton the target, Sarah Connor. It was followed by Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), in which Ahnuld comes back as a reprogrammed (by John Connor) Terminator to save Sarah and John; Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003), which allows us to see Skynet come on line for the first time, all hell breaking loose instantly and the message driven home that no matter what, we can’t escape destiny; Terminator Salvation (2009), which practically no one has a good thing to say about; Terminator Genisys (2015), a reboot of sorts (think of the Star Trek reboot from 2009, which kept certain things as canon but changed lots of others by messing with the timeline), and the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-09).
And for anyone who needed their Terminator itch scratched, back on August 25th T2 returned to theaters in a newly converted 3D version, which, based on the trailer, looks spectacular even without being three dimensional.
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