The Terminator franchise hasn’t exactly been doing well as of late. With 2009’s Terminator Salvation and 2015’s Terminator Genisys gaining low fan and critic approval (and not making a very large dent at the box office), the likeliness of seeing it return to its heyday has been pretty bleak.
The winds are changing, though, as the band seems to be getting back together. Terminator 6 is still planned to happen, with Schwarzenegger set to return and director James Cameron (who’s currently busy making his 12 Avatar sequels) will still produce. You can add one more original actress to that list, Sarah Connor herself. It’s a reunion that fans of the franchise has been waiting 25 years for.
With Linda Hamilton being 61 years old, Cameron is looking to redefine the female action roles. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women,” he said. “As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return.”
This new film, which will be a true sequel instead of more failed attempts at making prequels, is set to launch a new trilogy. Cameron has been creating a brand new and original story alongside Deadpool director Tim Miller, who will be directing the new Terminator flick.
Much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens created a new set of heroes and villains for the new trilogy to focus on, so too will this film establish younger characters who will carry the franchise forward. Says Cameron: “We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story. We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”