Miller Talks Cameron “Terminator” Disagreements

Miller Talks Cameron Terminator Disagreements

“Terminator: Dark Fate” came and went quickly. Though garnering better reviews than the last few films, critics were still a bit mixed on the highly expensive movie and box-office wise it has been a costly flop with $235 million worldwide – and only $58 million of that was domestic.

Three weeks ago the film’s producer James Cameron hinted that he and director Tim Miller had some obvious creative disagreements about how to handle things whilst making the film. Cameron never went to set but was very involved in the writing and editing of the film. Of his disagreements with Miller, he told Cinema Blend: “the blood is still being scrubbed off the walls from those creative battles. This is a film that was forged in fire. So yeah, but that’s the creative process, right?.”

Cut to today and now Miller is now opening up about what happened during the film’s production with THR editor and The Business host Kim Masters. Miller tells Masters he has “no plans” to work with James Cameron again and that desire is due to a wish to retain control of his own films. Of the failure of ‘Dark Fate’, Miller says:

“I’m sure we could write a book on why it didn’t work. I’m still not sure and I’m processing, but I’m very proud of the movie. The things [critics] seemed to hate the most about the movie, were things I can’t control. I can’t control you didn’t like Genysis or you felt betrayed by Terminator 4. I can’t help that.”

Miller confirms there were creative battles on the film between him, Cameron and Skydance’s David Ellison:

“Even though Jim is a producer and David Ellison is a producer and they technically have final cut and ultimate power, my name is still on it as director. Even if I’m going to lose the fight … I still feel this obligation to fight because that is what the director is supposed to do. Fight for the movie.”

Early in the development, one such disagreement dealt with the future beyond the film’s contemporary narrative. Cameron wanted the humans to be winning the war against Legion, while Miller wanted them to be losing:

“[I suggested] Legion is so powerful, the only way to beat it is going back in time and strangle it in the crib,” recalls Miller. “Jim says, ‘What’s dramatic about the humans losing?’ And I say, ‘Well, What’s dramatic about the humans winning and they just need to keep on winning?’ I like a last stand. It’s not his thing.”

Miller says control is everything to him as director, one of the reasons he opted to not return for “Deadpool 2” following creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. In the wake of ‘Dark Fate’ he says: “I don’t want to be in a situation again where I don’t have the control to do what I think is right.”