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Terminator: Dark Fate Director Admits The Franchise Is Tainted

Linda Hamilton with bazooka in Terminator Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller says the franchise became tainted and lost its way after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The first Terminator released in 1984. It featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin from the future hunting Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) to prevent her from having a son, John Connor, who would become the leader of the resistance. Schwarzenegger and Hamilton reprised their roles in 1991's Terminator 2, but this time, the original Terminator returned to protect Sarah and John.

The franchise spawned three more films: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys. However, each film strayed further from the original story. Hamilton did not appear in any movies following Terminator 2, while Schwarzenegger appeared in Terminator 3 and Genisys. Genisys attempted to reboot the franchise but suffered at the box office. Fans became frustrated with the franchise. Hamilton has even said that she felt the last three Terminator films were forgettable. Fortunately, the series is getting a new direct sequel to Terminator 2 in Terminator: Dark Fate.

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Terminator: Dark Fate will ignore the previous three movies and return the series to its roots. Both Hamilton and Schwarzenegger, along with Edward Furlong, are returning to the franchise, with Miller on board as director. Miller recently spoke to Total Film Magazine about the direction of Dark Fate, mentioning that he felt that the franchise became "tainted" after Terminator 2. He said:

"I think the brand has been tainted a little bit. I don’t want to disparage the work of any of those movies, and some of them were interesting, but I feel like they just played in the world of The Terminator - it was essentially a different thing. T2 was just one of those events that was a f-cking revelation. It's one of those films that everyone remembers what they were doing when they first saw it. I still don’t think I realize what I’m doing trying to follow that up…"

Total Film also released new images of Hamilton and Schwarzenegger as they reprise their roles in Dark Fate:

Linda Hamilton in Terminator Dark Fate
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Dark Fate

In Dark Fate, Skynet still has not yet become self-aware, and there has been no nuclear war. After Sarah destroyed Cyberdyne in Terminator 2, she and John lived in peace. Now, though, 27 years after the events of that film, a new Terminator has arrived from the future to kill a hybrid Cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis). Sarah, along with the original Terminator, joins up with her and others to protect the future again.

Terminator fans will appreciate a return to the franchise they once knew and loved. And now, they can consider the previous three Terminator films as something that happened in an alternate timeline, or as Miller referred to them, as "misfires." In this timeline, though, Sarah Connor and the original Terminator are still kicking butt and taking names. The future of the world, as well as the Terminator franchise, is undoubtedly safe now that it's back in their hands.

Next: Terminator: Dark Fate Cast & Character Guide

Source: Total Film Magazine

Key Release Dates
  • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
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