This Fall’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” aims to be different.
After three increasingly bad attempts to follow in the footsteps of James Cameron, the new feature sees “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller taking a shot with the help of Cameron himself as producer and a jettisoning of all post-T2 continuity.
Speaking with Variety, Miller discussed the understandable scepticism that many people are approaching the new entry with. He says:
“When I read online when we announced the film ‘Terminator 6′? For f–k’s sake, why don’t they let it die?’. I understand where those people are coming from. If it’s not great, then we’ve had enough.
Jim’s movies are grounded in reality and character and just happen to have time travel and robots. I’m wired the same way. I want to give the audience a story about Sarah and these new characters and make everything else as realistic as possible. I want to sit in the audience and believe that this s–t could happen to me. That’s how I’m approaching it.”
One of the big differences is his film’s new lead, Mackenzie Davis, who plays a new version of the ‘protector’ character who is very different from Michael Biehn’s turn in the first and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in the second:
“Joe [Abercrombie, a novelist & consultant for the film] came out with this idea that a new protector from the future is a machine fighter. It’s a painful life, and they’re scarred and take a lot of drugs to combat the pain of what’s been done to them. They don’t live a long time. It’s a very sacrificial role; they risk death to save others.
And from the very first suggestion it was always a woman. We had to look for someone who has the physicality, but I’m very sensitive to actors. I didn’t just want a woman who could physically fit the role but emotionally as well. Mackenzie really wanted to do it; she came after the role. She worked harder than anybody.”
Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor remains one of the most iconic screen ass-kickers of all time, and with her returning alongside Davis there was some minor backlash against the first photos & poster by men slandering the pair and co-star Natalia Reyes and/or decrying a perceived feminist agenda. Miller has some choice words for them:
“If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters. If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the f–k out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine. We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early shit that’s out there, trolls on the internet. I don’t give a f–k.”
“Terminator: Dark Fate” is released in cinemas on November 1st.