With the recent news of James Cameron returning to the Terminator franchise as an executive producer with Deadpool director Tim Miller helming the new movie, more news arrives at Film ’89 Towers via the Hollywood Reporter who inform us that Linda Hamilton will once again appear as Sarah Connor. Cameron who recently faced a social media backlash regarding his comments concerning modern day female action heroes stated;
“There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” he said, referring to aging male actors still anchoring movies, “but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
Cameron is set to produce the new film(s) with Skydance and it’s to be distributed by Paramount in the USA and Fox internationally and is based on a story crafted by Cameron. The director recently hinted that it may involve the design of the T-800 model being based on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s human character’s likeness. Also said to be onboard are writers Josh Friedman, who created the Terminator TV spinoff, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, David Goyer, whose credits include the Blade and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies; Charles Eglee, who created Dark Angel with Cameron and Justin Rhodes, a frequent Goyer collaborator.
Hamilton of course starred in the first Terminator film in 1984 and returned to the character in Cameron’s 1991 sequel, which was a massive box office success with ground breaking CGI effects.
Hamilton and Cameron, who were married to each other in the 1990s, had no involvement in the franchise after T2 and this new movie is said to be seen as a passing of the baton to a new generation of characters. Cameron said;
“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story. 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.”
Although the franchise has progressively gone down hill with each subsequent sequel after 1991, it does appear that the signs are looking good for the next instalment which is said to be a direct sequel to T2 thus ignoring any of the subsequent sequels.