The newest untitled entry in the Terminator franchise, from producer James Cameron (Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and director Tim Miller (Deadpool), is targeted for a summer 2019 release. However, after several disappointing instalments, it seems the powers-that-be are taking their time with this one.
Screenwriter Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) has been brought in to pen the script for the sixth instalment of the Terminator franchise, based on a story developed by Cameron, Miller and a writers room brought together earlier this year.
It was reported a while back that Cameron and Miller were both on board with the project, which in itself seemed to be a promising combination bourgeoning from the nostalgia for one and the contemporary success of the other. The pair have since been involved with a writers room comprised of Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, Charles Eglee and Justin Rhodes, as they develop a roadmap for a new trilogy of Terminator films.
So is Terminator 6 meant to be the new Star Wars Episode VII? It would seem so, with both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returning to their roles, similar to how the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy returned to the series in 2015. Indeed, this new trilogy has been produced with the intention of disregarding the more recent and poorly received Terminator sequels – not unlike how The Force Awakens shied away from the aesthetic of the prequel trilogy. Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter:
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”
In that same interview, Cameron revealed that this new instalment will introduce a group of new, younger characters to inherit the series. The director explained:
“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters. We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centrepiece of these stories.”
This sounds familiar, not only to the new Star Wars trilogy, but also to Cameron’s current work on Avatar 2, which will also focus on a new generation of younger protagonists.
Billy Ray’s most recent and renowned work makes him a sensible fit for the direction the Terminator franchise is taking. His screenplay for Captain Phillips was nominated for an Academy Award, whilst his screenplay for Hunger Games was a similarly violent story revolved around a group of teenagers.
The currently untitled Terminator 6 is targeted for a 26 July 2019 release date.