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With the arrival of Terminator: Dark Fate, the titular franchise finds itself swimming in new waters. Not only does the new movie make huge changes to the continuity (namely by totally ignoring the last three films), but it also establishes a major shift in future events. While Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor may have been able to successfully stop the creation of Skynet with her efforts in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, it doesn’t actually stop the coming artificial intelligence-driven apocalypse, as we learn about the existence of Legion in the new release.
This naturally adds to a question that the Terminator series has been asking for years: is it actually possible to change the future, or is the end of the human race at the hands of technology destiny? This definitely isn’t something that is totally wrapped up in Terminator: Dark Fate, but according to writer/producer James Cameron, there is a specific answer in mind.
Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of being a part of a roundtable interview in Los Angeles with James Cameron, who joined the conversation via video chat in New Zealand, where he is currently hard at work at the upcoming Avatar sequels. While discussing the latest chapter of the Terminator series – the first title he’s been involved with since the second, he fully acknowledged what the arrival of Legion means for the bigger picture, particularly for Sarah Connor:
Continuing, James Cameron acknowledged that this is definitely the sense that you are meant to be left with as you are watching Terminator: Dark Fate. While certain details about the future can be changed by individuals in the present, on some level it all has the effect of throwing a stone into a stream. While it may cause a splash, and have a minute change on the current, it’s not going to cause the stream to totally change directions or stop flowing.
It was in acknowledging this that James Cameron and his fellow filmmakers found a direction they wanted to go with the world and Sarah Connor, starting with the events of Terminator: Dark Fate. Said Cameron:
And apparently that resolution has already been imagined. While working on Terminator: Dark Fate, the creatives didn’t stop themselves from thinking about where things go from here, and they evidently established a clear idea of what it is that’s going to happen and how things can reach a conclusion. As noted by James Cameron, it will require the new release to earn enough money to justify sequels, but if the Terminator team is ultimately given the green light, there is a plan that they’d like to execute:
So how will it all unfold? Well, audiences will have the chance to watch the exciting first chapter in this new developing timeline very soon, as Terminator: Dark Fate is now less than two weeks away. Starring Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Gabriel Luna, and Edward Furlong, the movie arrives in theaters everywhere on November 1st.