Paramount debuted some new footage from Terminator: Dark Fate at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. A continuation of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Dark Fate aims to partially reboot the sci-fi franchise by ignoring the last three films (Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys). And with Deadpool helmsman Tim Miller drawing from a screen story that James Cameron - who hasn't been involved with the series creatively since Judgement Day - cowrote, the hope is that Dark Fate will be the installment that finally gets the wobbly property back on track.
Written by David S. Goyer (Krypton), Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), and Justin Rhodes (Grassroots), Dark Fate picks up in the present-day, with Judgement Day having seemingly been averted... for now. Natalia Reyes (2091) stars in the film as Dani Ramos, a young woman who finds herself being targeted by an advanced model of Terminator (Gabriel Luna) that was sent back in time to kill her. Fortunately, Dani has a time-traveling cybernetic soldier (Mackenzie Davis) in her corner, along with an older Sarah Connor and the aged model for the T-800 (Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising their iconic roles).
While Cameron was too busy to attend SDCC, he did stream in live from the Avatar sequels' set at the beginning of Dark Fate's Hall H presentation. The panel kicked off with the announcement that Edward Furlong is reprising his Judgement Day role as John Connor for the new Terminator movie, and was followed by the screening of a behind the scenes preview that highlighted the movie's action. Miller then took the stage (along with host Grae Drake) and explained that Dark Fate deals with Sarah's decision to destroy Cyberdyne in Terminator 2 (in turn, creating a different future). He also confirmed that Dark Fate will be rated R, explaining that the R rating is in "the DNA of Terminator".
Following a brief Q&A with Miller, Hamilton, Davis, and Schwarzenegger, the Dark Fate panel showed an extended trailer that included full scenes from the film. It started off with a longer look at the car chase glimpsed in the movie's first trailer, with Grace (Davis) and Dani being pursued by Luna's Terminator. After that came a scene where Sarah gives advise to Grace, explaining that she and her son, John, changed the future (saving three billion lives) and that Sarah's been hunting terminators every since. Grace asks why she wants to help them and Sarah says she was Dani and "It sucks".
The three then go to a cabin in the woods where they meet Schwarzenegger's T-800. Sarah tries to kill him, but Grace stops her. The robot then introduces himself as Carl (Sarah says she'll never call him that) and he agrees to help protect Dani and teaches her how to fire a gun. In a later shot, Sarah says that she plans to kill Carl once everything's over and he seems to understand. The footage also featured fresh shots from the post-apocalyptic future, Carl taking bullets for Sarah (something that makes her mad, but doesn't hurt him), Sarah and Dani in a humvee parachuting with Luna's Terminator attached, and Grace battling an army of Terminators with metal tentacles on their backs. Everything ultimately concludes with Luna’s Terminator telling the heroes to just hand over Dani, but Sarah says they won’t because they aren’t machines. (She also calls him a “metal motherf***er”.)
Paramount is expected to debut some (if not all) of this Terminator: Dark Fate footage online later today, so stay tuned for more SDCC goodness on the way!
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019