Terminator: Dark Fate is the upcoming sixth Terminator film, and it is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The Terminator first says “I’ll be back” in 1984. He was right, several times over, but I can not say I expected him to still be back 35 years later. Turns out, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and franchise co-creator James Cameron are all returning for Terminator 6, also known as Terminator: Dark Fate, a direct sequel to their Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Before getting into the weeds, let’s check out the first trailer, which was released mid-May 2019, right after the amazing official poster.
Cameron considers the film a direct sequel to his films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, while Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009), Terminator Genies (2015) and the television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles are described as occurring in alternate timelines. The film stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong returning in their roles of Sarah Connor, the T-800 “Terminator”, and John Connor, respectively, reuniting after 28 years. The film also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Bonita.
Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Dead pool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Bonita.
I feel like I’m more excited than most for #TerminatorDarkFate. I’ve loved the trailers so far, the cast is fantastic and I think it could be the best Terminator film we’ve had since Judgment Day. Not to mention, Tim Miller is clearly capable of great things. pic.twitter.com/oUBJ722Bvl— Charlie Daniell (@cdaniellfilms) August 30, 2019
In February 2019, Cameron revealed that Terminator: Dark Fate will deal with how time and dealing with “these tragic futures” has changed Sarah and show her passing the torch of knowledge for all this imminent doom to new characters. Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will be joined by new stars, including Natalia Reyes as Dani and Mackenzie Davis as Grace. Grace is a super-soldier sent back to protect Dani, who is apparently very important to the future in the way Sarah Connor was in the first two Terminator movies. Both new actresses appeared with Linda Hamilton in the first official cast photo (see above), confirming the lead characters. Gabriel Luna was also cast as a new Terminator.
In May 2017, Schwarzenegger stated that he would return for Terminator 6. With the rights to the franchise set to revert to James Cameron in 2019, it was stated that he would reboot the franchise. In August 2017, it was confirmed that the film would begin filming in March 2018, with Tim Miller directing, and Cameron producing, and that it would be the first installment of a new trilogy, with the writers room consisting of Cameron, Miller, David Gorey, [Justin Rhodes], Josh Friedman and Billy Ray. The idea to reboot the franchise came from David Ellison, who wanted to bring Cameron “back into the fold.” According to Cameron, Ellison wanted “to go back to basics,” namely returning to Terminator 2. A consensus emerged that the character of Sarah Connor would return only if Linda Hamilton returned to the role. Plotting out the story pitch took several weeks. The third, fourth, and fifth films were looked at as an example of what to avoid. According to Cameron, “one of the things that seemed obvious from looking at the films that came along later was that we would need to get everything back to the basics and that we would need to avoid the mistakes of making things overly complex and that we needed to avoid stories that jumps around in time and one that goes backward and forward in time. Let’s keep it simple in the relative unity of time. With the story, let’s have the whole thing play out in 36 hours or 48 hours. In the first two movies everything plays out in less than two days in each one so there’s energy and momentum.
- Linda Hamilton, as Sarah Connor
- Arnold Schwarzenegger,as the T-800 who also goes by Carl
- Brett Alar as the younger version of the Terminator.
- Mackenzie Davis ,as Grace
- Gabriel Luna as Rev 9
- Natalia Reyes, as Dani Ramos
- Diego Bonita as Miguel Ramos
- Enrique Arie
- Edward Furlong, as John Connor
- Jude Collie, as John Connor (young)
This Movie is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in North America and 20th Century Fox outside of North America on 1st November, 2019.
A “Terminator 6” of sorts was conceived as being at least one of two sequels to Genies, though was referred to as “Terminator 2” internally. This sequel was originally set for release on May 19, 2017. It would have followed the story of John Connor after his conversion into the T-3000. “Terminator 3” (a seventh film) would have followed on June 29, 2018. Due to below expected box office returns and critical reception, the Genies sequels were put on hold. Paramount later put the franchise on hold, and the planned “Terminator 2” and “Terminator 3” were both removed from Paramount’s production slate.