By: John M Jerva
We all know that the last two films in the TERMINATOR, franchise, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genysis, were supposed to be the start of a new trilogy of films each time but poor reception and box disapproving box office numbers forced tht idea out of existence. With the newest entry, Terminator: Dark Fate, poised and ready to hit cinemas in a few weeks, many are hoping that this will indeed be the start of a new trilogy of films that will once again explore the TERMINATOR mythos.
None have been more vocal than franchise creator James Cameron who helmed the first two iconic films with T2 being regarded as one of the best sequels ever made. Cameron returned to his baby as he co-wrote, produced and led his expertise on the new installment and Mr. Cameron wants this to strike a chord with fans around the world the way his movies did and he wants a trilogy dammit!
Cameron recently spoke with Collider.com and he made his views known on how he wants Dark Fate to reignite the spark. Things are looking pretty damn good so far as early screenings have led some to say that this is the sequel we have been waiting for and that it’s the third best film in the franchise.
Speaking on behalf of the film Cameron stated:
“one of my major motivations on this film or coming back to the, hopefully franchise, was to explore the human relationship with artificial intelligence. I don’t feel we did that in DARK FATE. I feel that we set the stage or we set the table for that exploration, and that exploration would take place in a second film and a third film. And we know exactly where we’re going to take that idea. What we wanted to get in the first movie was this idea that it’s just going to keep happening. The names will change, but the basic conflict is going to continue to take place until it gets resolved one way or the other. And so I believe we’ve set that table and if, like I said, if we get the opportunity, we know where to take the story…”
Where he wants the story to go is a good question and Cameron mentioned that it was him and a small army that sat in a writer’s room to craft not just this film but the entire trilogy as well. Charles H. Eglee, Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, and Justin Rhodes all receive “story by” credits on the film and Cameron spoke about what this brought to the table:
“We sat in the room and we broke story across three movies before we focused down onto the first of the proposed three, which is DARK FATE. So there’s really a plot line that runs all the way out through a third film, if we get to that stage. And the reason for that is you spend a couple of weeks to future-proof yourself so you don’t paint yourself into a corner and you could still do the things that you want to do. So yeah, there’s a lot of good thinking that exists already on that.”
If the plan doesn’t happen once again, Cameron feels that this movie will serve as a great standalone film for fans. “I think DARK FATE stands alone as a pretty good one-time story.”
With Linda Hamilton returning as the iconic Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger oince again dishing out some cyborg punishment, it looks like this film will resonate with filmgoers.
Tim Miller helmed this nentry with the rest of the cast including Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna as the new and more deadly Terminator.
The rest of us don’t have long to wait as Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on Novemner 1st.
Action-Flix.com contributor The Cinema Drunkie was lucky enough to see a surprise screening of the film and served up his positive thoughts on it. Check out his full review on the Ultimate Action Movie Club website here!
I, of course, will offer my opinion of the film when it hits so keep it locked and loaded right here for more to drop!