James Cameron has announced that he will be back to direct a Terminator reboot. He won’t be alone, returning with Cameron will be both stars of the original Terminator and T2, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton (the news reported by The Hollywood Reporter).
While Schwarzenegger has never really left the franchise, having appeared in both physical and CGI form throughout all the movies, Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor return is much more important.
“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,” Cameron said of Hamilton. The Avatar and Titanic filmmaker noted the “50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys” but said there “isn’t an example of that for women” in current movies.
In the Original Terminator film from 1984 Hamilton’s version of Sarah Connor was on the run from Schwarzenegger’s killer machine, which was sent from the future to eliminate her before she gave birth to a son who would eventually lead the human resistance.
Hamilton then returned for 1991’s blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where she emerged as a female action star, fighting to save her now-born son, John Connor (Edward Furlong), this time with the Terminator as an ally.
Cameron has confirmed that the movie would be a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day with Cameron to write the script, and Tim Miller (Deadpool) to direct. Cameron also suggested it would be the first of a new trilogy.
The new movie won’t just focus on Schwarzenegger and Hamilton’s characters, though. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron said of his plan to bring in the next generation of Terminator stars. “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.”
Witten: JW, Editor