The sixth film in the Terminator franchise is going to be a continuation of the story in the original two films, as revealed by creator James Cameron.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron stated that the plot would not carry on the stories from 2003’s Rise of the Machines, 2009’s Salvation or 2015’s Genisys. The director even went so far as to say those three films were “a bad dream” or “an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse”.
Genisys, the most recent of the films in the franchise starred eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and franchise icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, but fell short at the box office, earning just 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison, Terminator 2, which the new film will act as a sequel to, scored 93%.
Director Tim Miller, who will take the reins on the new films, explained: “The [first] films are more relevant today than they were when [Cameron] made them. A lot of it seems like prognostication because it’s coming to be – the world we live in right now.”
Cameron added, “The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
The as-yet untitled sixth Terminator movie is slated for release on July 26th, 2019.