James Cameron, having regained the rights to the Terminator franchise, is overseeing (with producer and story credits) the sixth instalment of the series. Dark Fate will re-team Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton and has released images ahead of its October 31 2019 release date.
Terminator: Dark Fate is the latest film in the Terminator franchise and the first to be conceived by original creator James Cameron since Terminator 2. With director Tim Miller (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor: The Dark World) at the helm, Dark Fate picks up the story directly after the events of Cameron’s first sequel and stars both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
Cameron, who has regained the rights to the Terminator franchise, told Yahoo Movies that despite the ominous title of the new instalment, he was “optimistic” at heart, believing in people’s “capacity to solve problems”.
“When I think of us as empathic beings, I think we’re going to get through this OK. When I see how people lose their empathy when they get into positions of power, then I lose that hope.”
In the official photo released by 20th Century Fox, we see Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos, Mackenzie Davis as Grace and Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor. To what extent Hamilton’s original Connor will be part of the plot remains to be seen. We’re also unsure how Schwarzenegger will fit into events. We do know Brett Azar serves as Arnie’s body double for a younger T-800. Schwarzenegger’s facial likeness from 1991 is being applied through the use of CGI. We also known Cameron is ignoring the other sequels in much the same way the currently on-hold Alien 5 would have done.
Cameron admitted, going back to the franchise meant getting Schwarzenegger and Hamilton on board. He told director Tim Miller, “I can’t be involved in this film at all if Arnold is not in it” and “fans are going to want to see [Hamilton] 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.”
Last year we reported the producers were seeking to cast an 18 to 20-year-old female as the film’s main protagonist and that filming began in Spain with additional shoots in Budapest, the UK and Mexico as well as the U.S.
Cameron, in his interview with Yahoo Movies, hinted at what we might expect from the upcoming film. “It’s hardened [Sarah Connor] even more, but in a way that made her much stronger. Maybe less likable, but stronger. 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. I’m glad Tim embraced those themes.”
Terminator: Dark Fate will be released in UK cinemas on October 31 and in the United States on November 1, 2019.