Confirmation of the production working title of the upcoming, and let’s just say uber-anticipated, Terminator 6 movie has been confirmed by the head honcho himself, James Cameron, as Terminator: Dark Fate. The speculation for months has been that Dark Fate will completely ignore everything that came after Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Many believe that by “rewriting” the timeline of sequels, Cameron will then be afforded the ability to take the franchise back to its original roots, which he created with the first two film entries. With the ignoring of, or just wiping out, of both Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and the most recent box office bomb Terminator Genisys, it would seem that Dark Fate would then be presented as a direct, although a long time coming, legitimate sequel to Judgement Day.
Many fans have been very forthright in their belief that if the franchise had ended with Judgements day, then all would have been good. There was no need, in their opinion, to facilitate the making of the two sequels.
Factoring in the fact that Cameron has reattached himself to the franchise gave the newest entry serious gravitas, however, the announcement that original stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be returning as well to take on their iconic roles—well that just sent the geek meter off the scale.
Following the announcement of the returning trio was that Tim Miller, of Deadpool fame, had been tapped as director, and additional stars Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with Mackenzie Davis (Black Mirror) have also been attached to the production.
The overall theme, as reported by Screenrant, is that the characters would either fight the coming of a ravaged, dystopian future, or aid in its happening. This dark and dank plotline fits into the franchise, as a whole, but not so more so than in the original two offerings.
This would explain the working title, which Cameron cautions could very well change before the film’s release, and also hints at maybe a coming full circle of the franchise, in what has garnered a somewhat massive cult following.