It's official: Terminator will return to his hard-edged franchise roots.
After the last two installments received PG-13 ratings, Terminator: Dark Fate will hit theaters as a certified R-rated film.
Unlike SALVATION and GENISYS, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE is sticking by its guns.— Exorcist Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) October 15, 2019
Rated R: violence throughout, language and brief nudity.
The newest entry in the long-running sci-fi/horror series will include "violence throughout, language and brief nudity," which sounds pretty much like a return to form for the franchise. This comes after the last two sequels, 2009's Terminator: Salvation and 2015's Terminator: Genisys, scaled back the gratuitous elements for audiences but failed to muster the same critical and box office successes of earlier entries.
It has long been confirmed that Dark Fate would be a direct sequel to the 1991 classic, T2: Judgment Day, with all subsequent films considered non-canon.
Dark Fate also features the return of co-creator James Cameron, who serves as a producer on the sequel, along with returning original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. Still, despite bringing back the things that made the first two Terminator films so successful, the movie is expected to have a soft opening at the box office.
Directed by Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta. The film opens Nov. 1.