“Terminator: Dark Fate” is about to hit cinemas everywhere and one of the biggest changes this time compared to the last three is that director Tim Miller was able to collaborate with producer James Cameron who has otherwise been not particularly involved in the franchise since the second film.
In a new interview with Cinema Blend, Cameron says that even though he never visited the set once, he had a lot of say over the final cut and how the movie was edited along with having a heavy hand in writing it. This resulted in some real disagreements with Miller over how the film should be handled.
A major point of contention was the rough cut Miller assembled of which Cameron had issues. Talking about their working relationship, Cameron says:
“I would say many (disagreements). And 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?
[The rough cut] wasn’t a slam-dunk at the time. I felt there were a lot of pathways that were taken that were unnecessary. I’m an editor myself, so I gave notes that were both broad, and very specific. I continued in that process up to about two and a half months ago when we locked picture…
I never went to the set. I’ve yet to physically meet the new cast because I never went to the set. But I was very involved in the writing and I was very involved in the cutting of the film. And to me, the cutting is really an extension of the writing.”
Cameron also recently had experience with producing and being heavily creatively involved in another sci-fi project, his long-gestating “Alita: Battle Angel” which he handed the directorial reins over to Robert Rodriguez. He tells the outlet his experience on that film was very different:
“My work with Robert on Alita was very different. Robert loved the script, loved everything, said, ‘I just want to make this movie. I want to make the movie the way you see it.’ I was like, ‘No, you got to make it your movie.’ I had the reverse experience with Tim, which is Tim wanted to make it his movie. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I kind of know a little about this world.’ So I had the matter and the anti-matter version of that producorial experience.”
“Terminator: Dark Fate” opens in cinemas Friday.