In the latest reboot news, The Terminator franchise is making its return with a new set of films… three, actually, with the first set to premiere November 22, 2019.
The original movie hit theaters in 1984, starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. AND, both the original cast members are returning for the sequel.
Shooting has already begun on the first film of the new trilogy, and an on-set photo was just released today (August 1).
Check out Hamilton back in character and suited up for battle as Sarah Connor,:
Official first look at the new @Terminator featuring Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis and Linda Hamilton. Directed by Tim Miller (DEADPOOL). Produced by James Cameron and David Ellison. In theatres 11.22.19. #Terminator pic.twitter.com/0E9he6ujm8
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) August 1, 2018
Hamilton is joined by newcomers to the series, Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage), who will play Dani Ramos and Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) as Grace.
The next installment will be a direct follow-up to 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. According to ComingSoon.net, the forthcoming project will skip over Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator: Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015).
Errr, sorry Matt Smith and Emilia Clarke (stars of Genisys) — we enjoyed your go at the franchise.
The sci-fi driven plot does rely on time-traveling, so in a way it makes total sense the moviemakers would jump past the later films that perhaps don’t line up with their ideas for what comes next.
Pop culture writer Corbin Reiff tweeted the question a lot of moviegoers might be pondering: “Do we realllllly need another Terminator movie?”
He also provided an answer:
Do we realllllly need another Terminator movie?
(Sees picture of Linda Hamilton in aviators holding a sawn-off shotgun)
Yes, yes we do. pic.twitter.com/PprJ60U8CM
— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) August 1, 2018
Jonathan Barkan, also a writer, took it a step further, giving the franchise a shout-out for contributing to female empowerment:
The first Terminator followed Linda Hamilton and showed that women should believe in themselves and the strength they have within.
The second Terminator continued Linda's journey and showed that women shouldn't be dismissed.
Nothing is being destroyed. It's a celebration. https://t.co/re4hSlp2yK
— (((JonathanBarkan))) (@JonathanBarkan) August 1, 2018
It’s not just Hamilton and Schwarzenegger returning. James Cameron, who directed the first two Terminator films, has signed on to produce. Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) wrote the script, based on Cameron and writing partners Tim Miller and David Ellison‘s concepts. Miller will direct.
There’s not a ton of information on the storyline, but Hamilton’s character Sarah Connor is described as a “seasoned warrior.” She’s always been a warrior to us! But the “seasoned” part provides a little insight. We imagine she’ll be helping the newbies in the battle against advanced artificial intelligence. After all, she’s been down this path before — more than once.
Who knows, perhaps the killer robots and humans are all friends in the next film, but our gut is telling us… that’s not the case.
Schwarzenegger took on the title role in the original films, portraying a lean-mean killing machine, literally. He was made to look human, but in reality he was an indestructible robot (for the most part). In a later incarnation, while he looked the same to Connor, terrifying her with his return, he was actually programmed to help mankind.
Sooo, Schwarzenegger’s character could go either way. Actually, it’d be kind of cool if he portrayed multiple AI soldiers, but we’ll leave the writing up to the already established team.
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