The Terminator franchise has seen it’s ups and downs, but after 35 long years, director and series creator James Cameron is back, having reclaimed the rights to his beloved science fiction series at the beginning of 2019.
Last night a Terminator: Dark Fate featurette was revealed at the Hall H panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2019, and now we cannot wait to see Dark Fate hit theatres on October 25, 2019. We also learned yesterday that the upcoming Terminator film will be R-Rated, will feature new and former cast members, and will (mic drop) recreate the ending of the iconic sci-fi action film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Although fans were hoping for a new full-length trailer, the new Dark Fate featurette was well worth the wait. The action-packed video features various clips from the upcoming film as well as commentary from director Tim Miller, James Cameron, Linda Hamilton and more.
While speaking with at the SDCC 2019 early today, Tim Miller revealed that Dark Fate will recreate the ending of Terminator 2: Judgment Day using CGI and body doubles (more details below), which means the start of Dark Fate will likely begin by reshooting the fallout of Cyberdyne’s destruction and Sarah Connor’s rise as the leader of Resistance.
Here’s what Miller had to say about the end of T2:
“Jim [Cameron] had this lucky break that he only broke that rule at the end of Terminator 2 when Sarah destroys Cyberdyne, it’s the first thing that happened that hadn’t happened before, and so it was going to change the future — but no one knew how. And I don’t think the movies that came after it really explored that in a clean way like I believe we are, with true consequences, and it makes perfect sense for Sarah to be the one to face those consequences since they were her choices to begin with.”
Miller also confirmed today that Dark Fate will, like previous installments of the Terminator franchise, be R-rated.
“It’s because the fans kinda demanded it, in a way, they felt … the DNA of Terminator is an R-rated fucking movie so to not do it R, it feels disingenuous to the source material.”
We’d like to point out that although Terminator 1-3 were R-rated, both Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys were only rated PG-13, which is part of the reason the movies performed poorly and were panned by both critics and fans.
Even though it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen, James Cameron confirmed today at SDCC 2019 that Edward Furlong will reprise his role as John Connor in Dark Fate.
Furlong previously played the Connor in the Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), a film many consider one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of all time and arguably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most iconic performance.
With Edward Furlong now 41 years old and Dark Fate picking up shortly after the events of Terminator: Judgment Day, child actor Jude Collie was brought in to replace Furlong as a young John Connor during the flashback.
Getting cast in a first movie and working alongside the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton must be a dream come true for Collie. His resemblance to John Connor is undeniable.