James Cameron Explains New “Terminator” Tone

James Cameron Explains New Terminator Tone

Though he had no real involvement in it, filmmaker James Cameron stuck his neck out publicly to promote 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” – a film so bad it nearly destroyed the already waning franchise.

With the upcoming “Terminator: Dark Fate” however, Cameron is back properly this time – albeit only producing (not directing) and helping come up with the story which ignores the three preceding films and goes back to working as a follow-up to the two he directed.

In a new interview with Flicks and the City (via CinemaBlend) which was subsequently pulled, Cameron wants to make it clear this is the closest thing we’ve gotten thus far to the first two films:

“I think the best way to think about ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is to think about it as a direct sequel to Terminator 2, the third film in a series, if you will. We’ll be continuing with Sarah’s story, John’s story, and the T-800 returns — a different T-800 with a very different role to play than what we’ve seen before.

I think, tonally, what makes this a direct sequel to ‘T1’ and ‘T2’ is as much about the tone as it is about the narrative: it’s R rated, it’s grim, it’s gritty, it’s fast, it’s intense, it’s linear. The whole story takes place in 36 hours. It’s not this kind of grandiose, complex story. It’s just very focused on the characters, it’s very now, it’s very present and it’s just a fast white-knuckle ride.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprise their roles in the new entry, with Hamilton’s iconic Sarah Connor ready to kick some cyborg ass. Cameron says:

“The principle of our movie is that there’s an inevitable conflict between humans and the intelligent machines that they make. And all [Sarah Connor has] done is kick the can down the road from her future back in the 1980s to our future now in 2019. Judgment Day is right around the corner, yet again. It’s an inevitability. So she’s kicked the can, she’s going to have to try to kick it again and again. The war never ends. So Sarah has become a Terminator hunter. She’s not waiting to be hunted by a Terminator, she hunts them. She’s figured out a way to be there when they pop through time and she just blows their s–t away. Pretty much that simple. Hey, it’s gonna be an R-rated movie, so I can swear.”

“Terminator: Dark Fate” arrives in cinemas on November 1st.