James Cameron On “Terminator” Future Plans

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Ahead of “Terminator: Dark Fate” opening next week, the film’s producer James Cameron has given some interviews about both the new film and the potential future beyond this point of the franchise he helped birth.

Cameron, who is currently in New Zealand filming the “Avatar” sequels, spoke with Collider and was asked what themes and/or topics would any possible follow-ups to ‘Dark Fate’ explore.

Cameron explains that he’s already planned out a trilogy of which ‘Dark Fate’ serves as both the first film and yet also a relatively standalone entry if needs be:

“We sort of know where our storyline is going in broad strokes because we actually had other – I don’t know if you noticed, but the story credits for the movie are a little weird because you’ve also got Chic Eglee and Josh Friedman in the story credits because 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.”

He goes on to explain a major motivator for him coming back to the franchise is to tackle the original two films’ key theme of humanity’s potentially fraught relationship with artificial intelligence:

“I feel like 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 so that it doesn’t become… I think you start simple and then you elaborate, and you can elaborate over a series of films. If they’re made by the same people with the same intentions and the same philosophy, then there can be a kind of a story arc across multiple films. But that said, I think Dark Fate stands alone as a pretty good one-time story.”

Cameron also confirmed they knew pretty early on the film would be R-rated as director Tim Miller wanted to restore the “energy, dark kind of gritty value and R rating” of the first two films. Check out a new clip from the movie below – “Terminator: Dark Fate” opens everywhere November 1st.