Directed by: Tim Miller
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Edward Furlong
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 1 November, 2019
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Budget: $160 – 200 million
Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.
Terminator: Dark Fate is an upcoming American science fiction action film directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray from a story by James Cameron, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman, Goyer and Rhodes. Cameron and David Ellison are the film’s producers. It will be the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and the first since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) to have franchise creator James Cameron involved.
Cameron considers the film a direct sequel to his films The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day; while Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Terminator Genisys (2015) and the television series The Sarah Connor Chronicles are described as occurring in alternate timelines. The film stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong returning in their roles of Sarah Connor, the T-800 “Terminator”, and John Connor, respectively, reuniting after 28 years. The film also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures in North America and 20th Century Fox in other territories, the film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 1, 2019, in 2D, 3D and IMAX.
27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator, for a fight for the future.
Terminator: Dark Fate – Production
In December 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that a television series was in the works, which would tie into a new Terminator trilogy. On September 5, 2014 Paramount announced that Terminator Genisys would be the first film in a new standalone trilogy, with two sequels scheduled for release on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018. On February 24, 2015, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he would be returning for the first sequel in his role as the T-800. While promoting Genisys in Berlin in June 2015, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison and COO Dana Goldberg said that the spin-off TV series was still in development. A month later, Paramount and Skydance declined to comment about the status of the sequel and TV series, although they confirmed that international box-office performance would be taken into consideration. As of September 2015, Terminator Genisys had failed to earn the required $150 million in China to fast-track a sequel.
On October 1, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter said that the sequels and television spin-off were on hold indefinitely because Terminator Genisys had failed to break even. On October 6, Goldberg said that she “wouldn’t say [the franchise is] on hold, so much as re-adjusting”. According to Goldberg, despite Genisys’ disappointing domestic performance, the company was happy with its worldwide numbers and still intended to make new films and the TV series. Production of a sequel would begin no earlier than 2016 because the company planned market research to determine its direction after Genisys.
In January 2016, Paramount announced that the sequel had been removed from its 2017 release schedule. In April 2016, Emilia Clarke, who played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, said that she would not return for any sequels. Ellison felt that Terminator Genisys could have been better, so he recruited franchise creator James Cameron to produce the subsequent film with him in hopes of creating a better film. Cameron agreed to produce the film on the condition that Schwarzenegger be involved in it.
Cameron was involved with the project as of January 2017, and Ellison was searching for a writer among science fiction authors with the intention that Tim Miller direct it. The film was reportedly a reboot, suggesting the Terminator Genisys storyline had been discarded. By March 2017, the studio had chosen not to pick up the options of Schwarzenegger and Clarke[clarification needed], as the sequel to Genisys had been removed from the studio’s release schedule.
Later in the month, Ellison said there would be an announcement regarding the future of the franchise before the end of the year, and that it was going to be in a direction that would provide “the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2”. In April 2017, Schwarzenegger said that he was looking forward to being in another Terminator film, and there are negotiations for another studio to pick up the franchise from Paramount and Cameron producing.
In July 2017, Cameron said that he is working with Ellison to set up a trilogy of films and supervise it. The intention is for Schwarzenegger to be involved to some extent, but also introduce new characters and “pass the baton”. Schwarzenegger was later confirmed to be reprising his role.
Production was initially intended to start in March 2018, but was delayed due to casting. It was then expected to start during May and end during November with filming taking place in Hungary, United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico. Filming began on June 4, 2018, under the working title Terminator 6: Phoenix, in Isleta del Moro, Almería, Spain, followed by Origo Film Studios, Budapest, Hungary, with the intention of shooting for a month there before filming the rest of the film in the United States. In late July 2018, Schwarzenegger began filming scenes in Budapest. Filming moved to the United States in mid-October. Schwarzenegger completed filming on October 28, 2018. Filming wrapped in early November 2018.
While filming in Spain, Luna coached several actors on how to speak Spanish with a Mexican accent. Hamilton rejected certain lines of dialogue that she felt were uncharacteristic for Sarah Connor. Cameron provided feedback on Miller’s director’s cut of the film. In July 2019, there were plans to expand Luna’s role with upcoming reshoots.
In March 2019, it was announced that Junkie XL would compose the score for the film.
A first-look promotional image showing the film’s three lead actresses was released in August 2018. It was the subject of some misogynistic Internet comments. A teaser trailer for the film was released on May 23, 2019, and features the cover version of Björk’s “Hunter” performed by John Mark McMillan. At the 2019 E3, it was revealed that the upcoming video game Gears 5 will have players be allowed to play as either Sarah Connor with Linda Hamilton voicing her character or a T-800 Terminator model. The T-800 model will be a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, set to be released on October 8, 2019, a month before the film’s release using Schwarzenegger’s likeness, but the actor will not be voicing the character.
Terminator: Dark Fate – Release
The film is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in North America and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures outside of North America on November 1, 2019. In May 2019, Cameron said the film would be R-rated, after the previous two installments were PG-13. Miller said the film would be rated R because “the fans kind of demanded it, in a way”, saying that “the DNA of Terminator” is an R-rated movie and that “to not do it R feels disingenuous to the source material”.
Terminator: Dark Fate – Movie Trailer
Terminator: Dark Fate – Movie Review
Dear Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s time to say hasta la vista to this franchise
Breakneck, blasé, and browner than usual, Terminator: Dark Fate is a prime example of sneaky Hollywood self-plagiarism. But in all fairness, a rehash was promised, and that is exactly what has been presented.
Two trump cards, however, add a necessary dash of freshness to this largely stale sequel, which erases the events of three films and a television series, in an attempt to restore the failing franchise to its former glory. The performances of Linda Hamilton (returning as Sarah Connor for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (who never really left), serve as soulful anchors in director Tim Miller’s emotionally disengaged film.
The year is 2020, and two naked cyborgs with duelling missions have dropped out of the sky in Mexico City. Their target is a young woman named Dani. While a female cyborg played by Mackenzie Davis has been assigned the Kyle Reese role as a protector to Dani, a formidable new Terminator model, the Rev-9, engages them in an unending chase. Aside from the significantly increased presence of Hispanic characters, the plot of Terminator: Dark Fate is essentially an inelegant Frankenstein’s monster, fashioned out of the elements that made the first two films in the series such classics.
For all his faults as a filmmaker, James Cameron’s screenplays are a lot like the Terminators — streamlined and without an ounce of fat to slow them down. Dark Fate, despite Cameron’s creative inputs — he returns as producer after having vocally endorsed and rejected previous films — has a lot of unnecessary weight. It relies too heavily on large-scale action set pieces to truly let the intimacy of its story sink in.
The Biblical themes of the first two films have mostly been discarded, although a new Messiah is in need of protection. But Miller does a fine job of co-opting Cameron’s muscular directing style, his machine-like obsession with efficiency, and the idea of motherhood.
Another of the movie’s highlights is Arnie’s return, which, slightly disappointingly, arrives well past the halfway mark. Visibly older now, he talks about how, after having completed the mission he was programmed to carry out, he went about finding a purpose in life. I can’t possibly discuss the details of his mission, but the idea of a robot spending decades trying to assimilate into our culture, and developing a conscience, is instantly interesting. The manner in which the film addresses this, however, has the subtlety of a Schwarzenegger punch to the gut.
It’s equally interesting how, over the years, the Terminator franchise despite lukewarm audience reception and poor reviews has shown an almost robotic resilience. The last two films in the series — Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys — were intended as trilogy starters, but their subsequent box office failure put an end to those plans. And although at least one of those films had James Cameron’s blessings, neither had his creative insights.
So the fact that Dark Fate is less inventive than Salvation, which at least transported the story to a post-apocalyptic future, and Genisys, which tapped into themes of privacy and online surveillance rather potently, is monumentally disappointing.