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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.