The Terminator franchise is officially coming back to theaters.
EW has confirmed that a new Terminator film will be released on July 26, 2019, marking the sixth movie in the franchise which began with director James Cameron’s Arnold Schwarzenegger- and Linda Hamilton-starring 1984 science fiction classic, The Terminator. The new film will be made with Cameron’s cooperation and will ignore the movies which followed 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the last in the series to be directed by the Avatar filmmaker. The release date news was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter.
The new Terminator film will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). Cameron, Miller, and producer David Ellison have reportedly assembled a writers room for the project, whose membership includes David Goyer and Charles Eglee. The Terminator team hope to make a trilogy of movies in which Schwarzenegger and Hamilton pass the torch to a young female lead.
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2,” Cameron told 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.”
Back in August, Cameron told EW that he probably would be involved in a reboot of the Terminator franchise, despite the fact that he has just begun work on his four Avatar sequels. “I would say, at this point, it’s looking very likely,” said the director. “We’re starting to get the pieces pulled together, and we’ll probably have something to say on that fairly soon.”