Thanks to its liberal use of time-travel and a future where machines dominate the world, the Terminator movies have become notorious for having an incredibly convoluted continuity. Not only was it hard to follow the timeline, but each passing sequel often contradicted previous movies or nullified the stakes set up in James Cameron's original Terminator movies.
Now with the franchise that catapulted him to blockbuster stardom back in his hands, Cameron, some of the original stars and and a new team of filmmakers are deadset on fixing the Terminator timeline by going back to basics.
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During a recent interview, #ArnoldSchwarzenegger talked about how producer James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller will bring the Terminator movies back on track with the upcoming sixth entry. The actor behind the deadly #T800 explained that this will be accomplished by simplifying the convoluted timeline of the Terminator franchise, repeating Cameron's previous description of everything after Judgment Day as a "bad dream" or an "alternate timeline."
"I think [James] Cameron and Tim [Miller] came up with a concept where they can continue on with the T-800 but make a whole new movie. What they are doing now with this one is basically to just take a few very basic characters, like Linda Hamilton’s character and my character, and dismiss everything else. Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and other characters."
Schwarzenegger then went on to give more specifics about the highly anticipated #Terminator6, revealing that the continuation of the original timeline that focused on Sarah Connor (reprised by Linda Hamilton) will actually do what Judgment Day did before: give the Terminator some character development.
"I think the T-800 model is a really interesting character. He’s a machine, can be destructive, can do things human beings can’t do, but at the same time when newer technology comes along the character is suddenly vulnerable and that makes him even more interesting."
The creative team's choice to remove everything irrelevant to the core premise is not just a practical move but a smart one as well. With fewer distractions, the yet untitled Terminator 6 has the chance to bring order to a chaotic continuity while at the same time redefining the science fiction genre just as the first, relatively low-budgeted movie did back in 1984.
Following the universally-panned Terminator: Genisys that did almost everything that a Terminator movie shouldn't do, it wasn't a stretch to think that the franchise about the eternal war between man and machine was terminated for good. Cameron's return to his brainchild was an answered prayer for many long-time franchise fans, and by the look of things, he's on the right path to bringing back the Terminator movies to its former glory.
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