After months of anxious anticipation, Paramount has finally granted their fans wishes and dropped not one but four new featurettes for the new Terminator: Dark Fate. Dark Fate is being billed as the direct sequel to the 1991 smash hit Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Although it had long been speculated that the decision to completely ignore the previous entries into the franchise, between Terminator 2 and Dark Fate was that of Tim Miller and James Cameron, however, as it turns out, they were not the ones to make the decision. Skydance producer, David Ellison, is the one that made that call, as he felt the franchise needed a clean slate, as it were.
Miller and Cameron were then tasked with the job of working out how to get the story to the point that it would work and be cohesive, as well as having to convince one of the main characters from the first two films to return—Linda Hamilton—and talk is it was no easy task to accomplish.
Three characters from Terminator 2 are confirmed as returning—Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Eddie Furlong. Although Furlong is confirmed to be reprising his role as John Connor, it is not yet clear if Furlong is part of the production. Meaning that it is being both rumored and speculated that his involvement might only be through the use of flashbacks and old footage from Terminator 2.
Newcomers to the franchise include MacKenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage), Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Diego Boneta. From the featurettes, the Grace character, a human-machine hybrid, looks like she may be the next in line as Sarah Connor.
As for what the future will hold for the franchise following Dark Fate, that is still very unclear and up in the air. With the increased discussion of the Copyright Act of 1976, more and more authors who created stories, as well as characters in the 1980s, will be able to take their work back from the studios. So time will tell what is to happen to the Terminator franchise.