Franchise co-creator James Cameron has revealed Terminator: Dark Fate will receive an R-rating.
“I think, tonally, what makes this a direct sequel to ‘T1’ and ‘T2’ is as much about the tone as it is about the narrative: it’s R rated, it’s grim, it’s gritty, it’s fast, it’s intense, it’s linear,” Cameron told Flicks and the City in a now deleted video. “The whole story takes place in 36 hours. It’s not this kind of grandiose, complex story. It’s just very focused on the characters, it’s very now, it’s very present and it’s just a fast white-knuckle ride.”
“So Sarah has become a Terminator hunter,” Cameron revealed. “She’s not waiting to be hunted by a Terminator, she hunts them. She’s figured out a way to be there when they pop through time and she just blows their shit away. Pretty much that simple. Hey, it’s gonna be an R-rated movie, so I can swear.”
The first three films were all rated R for their violent content, however, 2009's Terminator: Salvation became the first movie in the series to receive a PG-13 rating to reach a wider audience. This trend would continue with 2015's Terminator: Genisys. Despite the less restrictive ratings, neither film was successful critically or commercially.
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.
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