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James Cameron Says ‘Terminator 6’ Will Ignore the Last Few Films in the Franchise

Terminator Genisys, Skydance Pictures

James Cameron took a minute to talk about Terminator 6 in the wake of the official release date by Paramount Pictures. With a writers room assembling of superstar scribes, James Cameron spills a few details about the new direction of the franchise and what we could expect.

In a recent interview with THR Cameron and director Tim Miller (Deadpool) talks about the appearance of Schwarzenegger and how his age would affect his ability to reprise his role as the Terminator. According to Cameron, age isn’t an issue for the role. Miller goes on to say that Schwarzenegger’s role will differ a bit from how he was in Terminator: Genisys:


“Because he’s been in all the other movies – unlike Linda – I do think there needs to be a reason to be different here. I like my sci-fi grounded. I like my characters grounded. And what Jim said about the exterior aging while the interior remains the same – well, not the interior, as in the brain, as emotionally and intellectually he will have evolved. They’re learning machines.

But that’s a way to make it different than it was. Even in ‘Genisys,’ he looked – I should stop – he was a slightly gussied-up version of the old Terminator. I think we should embrace his age, and that’s what’s going to make it interesting and fresh for the fans.”

Terminator Genisys, Skydance Pictures
Image: Skydance Pictures

Cameron goes on to say that Terminator 6 will not acknowledge anything that happened after Judgement Day:

“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

Cameron went on to talk about how he asked Linda Hamilton to get involved with the project:

“It took me a week just to get up the nerve. No, that’s not true. Linda and I have a great relationship. We’ve stayed friends through the thick and thin of it all. And she is the mother of my eldest daughter.

So I called her up, and I said: “Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done. Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91.”

T2: Judgement Day, Carolco Pictures Inc.
Image: Carolco Pictures Inc.

David Ellison will produce the project, with the writers’ room being comprise of David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman and Justin Rhodes and producer David Ellison, as well as Cameron.

Terminator 6 hits theaters on July 26, 2019.

Brad Repka
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