Humanity’s eternal battle against the threat of technology gone wrong and a dark future coming back to change the present will continue in 2019 as Tim Miller & James Cameron’s Terminator reboot has a release date.
Miller and Cameron sat down for a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter about the film, in which they revealed that the movie will drop on July 26, 2019, since Cameron retains the rights to the property by that point. In speaking with THR, Cameron laid out some of the reasons he’s returning to the franchise including exploring how our relationship with technology in this century would affect telling this type of story.
“There’s a pride of authorship in anything that you do, and when David and I started talking about this, it made sense for me to see if there was a way to bring it into this century and to relevance,” Cameron said. “I look at what’s happening now with the emergence of artificial general intelligence equal to or greater than humans’, and you’ve got Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking and others saying that this could be really bad for the survival of the human race. What was science fiction in the ’80s is now imminent. It’s coming over the horizon at us. And there’s been a resurgence of fear and concern about nuclear weapons and so on. So all of these apocalyptic elements are out there. The first two Terminator films that I did dealt with the angst around that and how we reconcile it for ourselves in a fantasy context. So I got excited about the idea of finding a story that made sense for now.”
Their plans also call for a trilogy of films that will reinvent the struggling franchise and as previously reported will entirely ignore the existence of the post-Cameron films in the series.
Recently it was confirmed by Cameron that Linda Hamilton will be returning to the franchise for the first time since Terminator 2 to pick up the role of Sarah Connor again alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger who will play a part in the new films after being part of all of the previous one’s except for 2009’s Terminator Salvation.
Similar to Star Wars, which is undergoing a revitalization of it’s own the last few years since Disney purchased the franchise, the new Terminator franchise is looking to bring the old crew together again so that they can help shepard in the next cast for the series.
“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters. We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories,” Cameron said. “And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won’t say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak.”
Check out THR’s full interview for more from Cameron & Miller about the film.