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Skynet is not dead! A sixth Ter­mi­na­tor movie is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion — the se­cond re­boot of the apoc­a­lyp­tic sci­ence-fic­tion fran­chise in four years.


This is a re­boot with a dif­fer­ence, how­ever: it has the full par­tic­i­pa­tion of James Cameron, the cre­ator of the se­ries and writer/di­rec­tor of the first two films. Cameron wrote a story treat­ment that the script fol­lows, and is also a pro­ducer.


The film com­pletely dis­re­gards the con­ti­nu­ity of the last three films in the se­ries (Ter­mi­na­tor 3: Rise Of The Ma­chines, Ter­mi­na­tor Sal­va­tion and Ter­mi­na­tor: Genisys). “This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the story from Ter­mi­na­tor 1 and Ter­mi­na­tor 2,” Cameron told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. “We’re pre­tend­ing the other films were a bad dream. Or an al­ter­nate time­line, which is per­mis­si­ble in our multi-verse.”


With Cameron’s sundry Avatar se­quels leav­ing him ma­rooned in Pan­dora for the fore­see­able, Dead­pool’s Tim Miller is on di­rect­ing du­ties.


Of­fi­cially, the film is ti­tled ‘Un­ti­tled Ter­mi­na­tor Re­boot’; at Cinema­con, a logo re­ferred to the film as ‘Ter­mi­na­tor’, no def­i­nite ar­ti­cle or se­quel num­ber.


In word­play that feels al­most too ob­vi­ous not to utilise: yes, he’ll be back. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger will reprise his most iconic role as the T-800 for the fifth time. It doesn’t sound like he needed much con­vinc­ing. “Arnold just ex­pected to come back,” says Cameron. “So that was easy.”


Less easy to con­vince was Linda Hamil­ton, repris­ing her role as Sarah Con­nor for the first time in nearly 30 years. “It took me a week just to get up the nerve,” Cameron ad­mits. In June, Hamil­ton was spot­ted on set in Spain with a bul­let­proof vest and a fu­tur­is­tic shot­gun — ex­pect Sarah Con­nor to be on se­ri­ous as­s­kick­ing duty again.


New­com­ers to the cast in­clude Blade Run­ner 2049’s Natalia Reyes and Macken­zie Davis; Cameron and Miller have sug­gested that the “ba­ton will be passed” to these new char­ac­ters at some point.


De­tails on the plot re­main sketchy, though it’s clear the film will up­date the themes of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence techno-fear for the Siri gen­er­a­tion. “What was sci­ence-fic­tion in the ’80s is now im­mi­nent,” says Cameron.


Judge­ment day is still a lit­tle way off: film­ing is sched­uled to con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber of this year, ahead of a Novem­ber 2019 re­lease date.

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