James Cameron's Terminator approached the complex subject of time travel by focusing on the story of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, effectively stripping away the elements that can make such sci-fi films impenetrable. The streamlined nature of the 1984 original has been lost as the franchise grew, but star Arnold Schwarzenegger swears the sixth entry will save the series by bringing it back to basics.
"I think [James] Cameron and Tim [Miller] came up with a concept where they can continue on with the T-800 but make a whole new movie," the actor told Business Insider UK. "What they are doing now with this one is basically to just take a few very basic characters, like Linda Hamilton’s character and my character, and dismiss everything else. Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and other characters."
Although the untitled sixth Terminator will ostensibly ignore everything and everyone added to the series since Cameron's T2, the film will indeed set up new characters to take the baton from Linda Hamilton and Schwarzenegger. According to recent comments by Cameron, the filmmakers are seeking an "18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories," but with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton's characters in place to "anchor" the narrative.
Opening July 26, 2019, the untitled film will reportedly serve as a direct sequel to Terminator: Judgement Day. It will have a writers room that includes David S. Goyer, Dark Angel co-creator Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, who served as the showrunner on Fox's The Sarah Connor Chronicles.