James Cameron and Tim Miller's Terminator reboot is coming in November 2019. Here's everything you need to know.
James Cameron has recruited Deadpool director Tim Miller “to direct a reboot, a conclusion” to the Terminator franchise, with Cameron acting as a “godfather.” This is a loaded term, which hopefully is code for creative consultant or executive producer. However, what we do know is that the aforementioned Genisys which, perplexingly enough, erased… or, if you will, terminated the original timeline of the film franchise has, itself been erased/terminated and will not be acknowledged in Terminator 6. Things are still a little confusing as to whether this is something that would ignore the lesser-regarded Terminator movies like Salvation, Genisys, or even the “honest it’s not really as bad as everyone makes it out to be” Rise of the Machines.
The the untitled Terminator 6 script has been written by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Josh Friedman, and Billy Ray. The project is very much in operation, with production scheduled to begin in May.
But the big question is who the new Terminator will be. Well, it’s not a mystery anymore. Deadline broke the news that Gabriel Luna (who played Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD) has landed the cybernetic role. Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneto have also landed unnamed roles.
We have more on the cast down below.
Terminator 6 Release Date
Terminator 6 (or whatever it’s called) will open on November 22, 2019.
Terminator 6 Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed his return for the film, making everyone wonder how the 70-year-old action icon will fit into the picture. James Cameron implied plans to embrace Schwarzenegger’s age, possibly sticking with the idea established in Genisys of him playing a long-operating Terminator whose flesh exterior aged naturally with time. However, it still makes one wonder if will Arnold will continue the same beaten path of playing a Terminator, or will this finally be the Terminator film that sees him play a human character of some kind?
Linda Hamilton is also confirmed to reprise her role as time target-turned iconic femme-fatale Sarah Connor, a prospect that leaves us equally inquisitive, since she was supposed to be have succumbed to an aggressive form of leukemia by the events of 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Pertinent to the issue of Schwarzenegger’s age, Hamilton just turned 61 on September 26.
Further, Makenzie Davis of The Martian and Blade Runner 2049 fame–plus the best episode of Black Mirror ever–is also in talks for a mystery role in the film. Should the deal be finalized, then Davis will play an undisclosed character who would reportedly become a face of the rebooted franchise. Davis will prospectively join returning franchise vets Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose character details have not been confirmed,) and the long-absent Linda Hamilton, who is back as Sarah Connor, the badass mother of the robot apocalypse’s savior (the events of Genisys notwithstanding).
In an extensive THR interview piece with James Cameron and director Tim Miller, Miller casually suggets that Liam Neeson (who recently declared his retirement from actioners,) might be playing the film’s villain. As the creative duo discuss the age issue of the film’s primary stars, the name of the Irish acting legend and late-life action icon curiously comes up.
Millers states of Hamilton’s Sarah Connor:
“As strong a character as she was, as meaningful as she was to gender and to action stars everywhere, I think it’s going to make a huge fucking statement to have her be the really seasoned warrior that she’s become.”
Cameron chimes in, stating:
“There are certainly plenty of 50-, 60-, 70-something guys out there that just keep cranking along doing action movies and killing bad guys left and right. But there isn’t an example of that for women, and I think there should be.”
At which point, Miller makes a monumental (though possibly joking,) name-drop:
“Which is why we’re bringing Liam Neeson in as the bad guy. And she is going to kick his ass. (Laughs.)”
“She f**ks him up.”
While it’s likely that the Liam Neeson name-drop was tongue-in-cheek, anything is possible.
We wrote more about what shape the potential sequels to Terminator: Genisys might have taken right here, but one thing seems clear, this new Terminator 6 (or whatever it ends up being called) likely won’t have much to do with that.