The next installment in the Terminator franchise is slated to arrive in theaters July 26, 2019. The film will see the returns of James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton to the franchise, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing.
"This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2," Cameron said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "And we're pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century."
When asked what the conversation was like to woo Schwarzenegger and Hamilton back, Cameron joked that one was easier to approach than the other.
"Arnold just expected to come back. So that was easy. I approached Linda to see if she'd even be interested," he said. "It took me a week just to get up the nerve. No, that's not true. Linda and I have a great relationship. We've stayed friends through the thick and thin of it all. And she is the mother of my eldest daughter. [They were married from 1997 to 1999.] So I called her up, and I said: 'Look, we could rest on our laurels. It's ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here's what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it's done.' Because in my mind, it hasn't been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in '91."
Terminator 6 will follow in the footsteps of the recent Star Wars films by introducing new characters.
"Absolutely, yeah. A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters," Cameron said. "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's character to anchor it. Somewhere across there, and I won't say where, the baton gets passed, so to speak."
This as-yet untitled 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.
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.