After a brief delay, filming is due to commence on Terminator 6 this summer. The first two Terminator movies were written and directed by James Cameron and are rightly considered classics of the action genre - in addition to making Arnold Schwarzenegger one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Despite the enormous success of the second movie, legal wrangles and creative disagreements saw that the third film - Rise Of The Machines - take 12 years to get made.
Cameron wasn't involved with the third movie either, and while it's a fun action film in its own way, it's a essentially a lukewarm remake of the second movie. The series only declined in quality from there. 2009's Terminator: Salvation managed to snag Christian Bale to play John Connor, but a patchy script - one constantly being rewritten during the shoot - and lackluster pacing meant it failed to relaunch the series. The last sequel, Terminator: Genisys, saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the film itself received a near-universe panning, focusing on the convoluted plot and uninvolving action sequences.
The forthcoming Terminator 6 will be a fresh start; not only will it ignore parts 3-5, but it marks the return of Arnold, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and James Cameron as producer. The film was due to start filming in March, but the start date was pushed back. Now Arnie himself has confirmed to The Arnold Fans that the Tim Miller-directed sequel will be shooting by this summer:
"We are starting to shoot Terminator 6 in June to the middle of October, so I am in that. I am looking forward to coming back as the T-800 model. It's gonna be great with Tim Miller as the director and Jim Cameron is kind of supervising the whole thing.”
Update: Screenwriter Billy Ray confirms Terminator 6 starts filming on June 19.
While Cameron is busy with his Avatar sequels, he's had a heavy creative role in bringing Terminator 6 to life, and promising the jilted fanbase the movie will be the true third movie. While plot details are still sketchy, Cameron and Miller have said the film will touch on contemporary fears about technology, and the story will involve a young new protagonist named Dani Ramos. Should the movie be a hit, a further two sequels are promised.
The team behind Terminator 6 are doing a good job of soothing fan fears, and it's undoubtedly exciting to have both Cameron and Hamilton back, but there's still the question of whether another sequel is necessary. Terminator 2: Judgment Day did a great job of rounding out the story over 20 years ago - something subsequent follow-ups proved time and time again. Hopefully, the story of the new movie will find a fresh take on the series' mythology, and be the sequel fans have been dreaming of for decades.
Source: The Arnold Fans
- Terminator 6 (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019