Welcome to the day after Judgment Day.
It’s been 35 years since we first heard the message from Kyle Reese given to Sarah Connor, “There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.” Producer James Cameron is back in the franchise for the first time since Terminator 2, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing the November release Terminator: Dark Fate. This time we’re told audiences are supposed to ignore everything that came after Terminator 2, and substitute this next chapter, similar to the “picture hopping” the Halloween movie franchise has become known for. The original Sarah Connor is back with Linda Hamilton reprising her role also like Jamie Lee Curtis has done for Halloween. (Although this is only Hamilton’s third movie as Connor, compared to Curtis logging four leading performances as Halloween’s Laurie Strode plus two more in the works–not that we’re keeping score).
The CGI-heavy action sequences we’ve seen so far look closer to the original film The Terminator than Cameron’s groundbreaking effects on Terminator 2: Judgment Day–we’re not sure that is what audiences were hoping for. Newcomer to the series Mackenzie Davis is “almost human,” and Gabriel Luna plays a villain, making them the faces of the next Terminators, following in the footsteps of Jason Patrick, Kristanna Loken, Byung-Hun Lee, and Jason Clarke. And, best of all, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back, as promised. Although it’s difficult not to cringe when Hamilton says she hasn’t seen Davis’s kind of Terminator before, since audiences have, with Loken’s great Terminatrix in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Wouldn’t it be great if they just brought back Michael Biehn as a parallel timeline Kyle Reese? The studio has announced Edward Furlong returning as John Connor, so anything is possible with Cameron and Miller here.
First here’s the new poster, followed by the brand new trailer just released, and seven additional teaser reels released yesterday, August 29, the franchise’s “Judgment Day”–
Paramount also released some actor mini-interviews. You can find those here.
Tim Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Alita: Battle Angel, Tomb Raider, Deadpool) is supplying the music for the film. Ngila Dickson (Xena: Warrior Princess, The Lord of the Rings, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) is costume designer.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters November 1, 2019.