James Cameron's revival of Terminator will take a bit longer as Terminator 6 moves its 2019 release back four months. After stringing along the Terminator franchise, Paramount saw the rights to Cameron's iconic franchise shift back into the hands of its creator. Cameron is wasting no time getting the franchise back to the way he wants it, and is teaming up with Deadpool director Tim Miller to do so. The plan for the untitled sixth installment will actually retcon everything that came after T2: Judgement Day.
By doing this, Cameron and Miller will also bring back the stars of the first two films Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. But, it will actually be Mackenzie Davis and a yet-to-be-named young Latina character who will be given the primary roles. It's been confirmed multiple times the film starts shooting in June, and now it has a little more breathing room to finish.
The Wrap shared the news that Paramount and Skydance have pushed Terminator 6 back a few months from its previously announced July 26, 2019 release date. The reboot/sequel will instead hit theaters on November 22, 2019. It is unknown if this will change the production timeline on the movie.
The addition of Terminator 6 makes for an already busy November in 2019. Wonder Woman 2 is kicking off the month, followed by Bond 25 the week after, followed by Sonic the Hedgehog (which Miller's also producing). It will also currently pit Terminator 6 up against an unknown X-Men film that 20th Century Fox previously dated. As if that wasn't enough, Frozen 2 then opens just five days later over Thanksgiving weekend - and doesn't leave a ton of separation between Terminator 6 and Star Wars: Episode IX.
As packed as this move now makes the end of 2019, Terminator 6 should be counter programing and aimed at a more mature audience. The same would've been true if it stuck to its July release date, too, even if the competition is arguably more intense. July 2019 has Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, Top Gun: Maverick, and The Lion King, and this reboot would've gone toe-to-toe with Dwayne Johnson's Fast & Furious spinoff.
Wherever Terminator 6 was going to land, it would've faced steep competition, so there's a chance this is ultimately the better landing spot. Not only that, but for a franchise that thrived in the 80s and still holds up to this day because of its effects (both practical and visual), giving them even more time to polish the movie in post-production should pay off. This move doesn't appear to be the studio having a lack of confidence or any behind-the-scenes trouble, so really the only frustrating aspect of this could be having to wait even longer to hopefully see a proper return for the franchise.
Source: The Wrap
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