Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media have announced that the James Cameron-produced, Tim Miller-directed new “Terminator” feature will score a release on July 26th 2019.
A writers room for the film is currently assembled with David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman and Justin Rhodes and producer David Ellison, as well as Cameron who gave a lengthy interview with THR today about the franchise. Joined by the new film’s director Tim Miller, the pair discussed how the new entry will differ from the other recent sequels.
Cameron confirms that 71-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger’s age isn’t an issue as, because he’s a cyborg, he will have aged after being in action and operation for a long time. Miller goes on to elaborate how this take will differ from the older Terminator we saw in ‘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.”
Cameron was asked about what a “Terminator” in 2017 will look like and confirms the new movie will ignore everything after “Terminator 2”:
“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.”
He was also asked about Linda Hamilton’s return and he spoke about how uncharacteristically nervous he was asking her to get involved:
“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.”
David Ellison will produce the project.