Our first official look at Tim Miller’s upcoming sequel Terminator: Dark Fate has arrived, thanks to Paramount Pictures releasing a batch of new images. CinemaCon has been going on for the past couple of days, and during their own panel yesterday, these six images were revealed. No other details about the characters or film were announced at the time, but we know that this film will take place after Terminator 2: Judgement Day and negate Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator Genisys.
While I do actually love the way these images look, especially Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor!), it’s hard for me to get excited for a movie that has been tried three times before. Although it’s a very different story from a very different director, the studio has attempted to continue this franchise three times and all, for the most part, have failed miserably. Now, many will point to the fact that James Cameron himself was involved with the project, but it’s to completely believe that with him trying to take over the world with the Avatar sequels that nobody seems to want.
The biggest positive pieces going for this project in comparison to the others at the moment is the bringing back of Hamilton as Connor. It adds a new wrinkle to the sequel that the other three have not had, and it could mean big things for it. Director Tim Miller understands that notion, as he recently revealed to IGN that he believes she is the key to it all, and not Schwarzenegger’s T-800:
“What makes or breaks a movie is whether I care about the characters when everything starts exploding. I’m sure every action filmmaker says that, but I did really try and focus on the relationships of these characters to one another. And the fact that Linda came back makes this particular Terminator fresh, this story could only continue with her in the role of Sarah Conner. That’s the most important thing for me,” said Miller. “Linda reinvented this character in a way that both honors who she was before and brings something new to the role.”
I really dig the comments. Again, it’s an approach that has not been captured yet. Miller has proven the kind of filmmaker he is, and although this property is far from the world of Deadpool, certain elements of that project can very much carry over and hopefully result to him actually giving fans a sequel/continuation that has been wanted for decades.
What do you think readers? Are you even looking forward to Dark Fate? Do you like the title? How about the cast? How badass does Hamilton look? Also starring Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate will arrive in theaters on November 1st.