Skydance Media’s “Terminator: Dark Fate,” the latest film in the long-running sci-fi action franchise involving killer robots from a post-apocalyptic machine-ruined future, is due to premiere this November. The film series, while still financially viable, has been in something of a creative rut despite the involvement of the definitive star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the last installment in 2015. But perhaps it might get revitalized with “Dark Fate,” the story of which is co-written by original director James Cameron, who is also producing, as well as the return of original heroine Sarah Connor, portrayed by Linda Hamilton nearly three decades after 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
Why would Linda Hamilton be returning to a role she has not considered in a long time, in a franchise that appears to have grown beyond her involvement? Entertainment Weekly had the pleasure of interviewing Hamilton a week before the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, where the film will have a panel and she will be present. The now-62 years old actress believed it was a good time to reprise Sarah Connor on “Terminator: Dark Fate” given the long passing of time both in-universe and out, that would give her a chance to show a different side to the character.
It was not an instant thing that Hamilton would return to her most recognizable role. “Dark Fate” director Tim Miller noted that he called her at the suggestion of James Cameron, but could not reach her until three attempts. And even when the prospect of being Sarah Connor again was brought to her, Hamilton said she needed a few weeks to think the project over. Once committed however, the actress would spend over a year of physical training to once again get an approximation of her condition back in “Judgment Day,” as well as working on Sarah’s jaded mindset and how it would have evolved.
For director Tim Miller, he sees his taking on the “Terminator: Dark Fate” movie as a rare opportunity for a geek like him to handle a franchise that has influenced him from a young age. This is also his second directing job following his debut on the big chair last 2016 with the first “Deadpool” movie from 20th Century Fox. Miller is looking forward to doing his own spin on the “Terminator” theme as done by Cameron, where time is like a loop and events seem to be recurring over and over without an end.
James Cameron serves as co-writer and producer for “Terminator: Dark Fate,” with the story made into screenplay by David Goyer, Billy Ray and Justin Rhodes. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger join newcomers Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna. The film releases on November 1.
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