Director James Cameron Promises Terminator Fans New Trilogy If…
Cameron, who wrote and directed the first two Terminator movies, is overseeing production on new installment Terminator: Dark Fate, which will ditch the events of the much derided third, fourth and fifth films, and pick up the story from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The Avatar filmmaker has now promised fans that if the new film, which reunites original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, is a hit, then he plans to expand the story into a new trilogy.
“We rolled up our sleeves and started to break out the story and when we got a handle on something we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told,” the Titanic director told Deadline.com. “If we get fortunate enough to make some money with Dark Fate we know exactly where we can go with the subsequent films.”
Although Cameron wasn’t involved in day-to-day shooting, due to his preoccupation with his own Avatar sequels, the filmmaker did work on the script – which he said will return to the grittier more adult themes of the original films.
Revealing that Miller had shot versions of scenes with swearing and without, so that a tamer version of the movie could be released if necessary, he explained that eventually they just decided to ditch the less explicit version of the script.
“Even going into the shooting we were like, ‘OK let’s cover it both ways,’” he added. “So we would have a scene where Sarah is completely unfiltered and with no mediation and then shoot it again where it was tamed down. But eventually we just said, ‘To hell with this, it’s a waste of time.’ I think the feeling was that everyone wanted to recapture the tone and the sensibility of the first two films, which I considered flattering.”
Terminator: Dark Fate will debut in cinemas in October.