The Terminator film franchise has revolved the majority of its stories around Arnold Schwarzenegger's robotic antihero and Sarah Connor's family tree. However, according to series creator James Cameron, the still untitled sixth Terminator film will pass the baton to a new generation of characters.
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“Absolutely, yeah. A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda [Hamilton]’s character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won’t say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak.”
The franchise's latest installment will be directed by Tim Miller, director of 2016’s Deadpool, who officially came on board the project just last week. As of right now, story details are sparse, but it is said that the film will serve as a direct sequel to Terminator: Judgement Day, and Cameron has indicated it will ignore the events of the franchise's less-than-well-received installments.
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 Goyer, Dark Angel co-creator Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, who served as the showrunner on The Sarah Connor Chronicles.