Hot on the heels of the debut trailer, Linda Hamilton has confirmed that Terminator Dark Fate will return the franchise to its R-rated origins.
"I think, tonally, what makes this a direct sequel to T1 and T2 is as much about the tone as it is about the narrative: it’s R rated, it’s grim, it’s gritty, it’s fast, it’s intense, it’s linear. The whole story takes place in 36 hours. It’s not this kind of grandiose, complex story. It’s just very focused on the characters, it’s very now, it’s very present, and it’s just a fast white-knuckle ride.”
Unlike its profanity-laced frequently violent predecessors, Terminators 3 through 5 were decidedly more toned down each landing a PG-13 (or 12A) rating. Now, I'm not saying that a movie has to contain swearing and violence, but when a franchise starts that way, it's somewhat odd to water it down. It didn't work for Die Hard 4.0 (so much so that a harder cut was released on DVD), and Terminator Genisys was a world away from what James Cameron created in 1984. While he wasn't able to direct owing to his Avatar sequels, Cameron developed the story in addition to producing alongside David Ellison with directing duties were passed to Deadpool's Tim Miller.
For a franchise that involves time travel, you'd be forgiven for wondering how Dark Fate fits into the established mythology. Well, wonder no more as in case there was any doubt that the new movie would ignore the non-James Cameron directed sequels, Linda Hamilton offers this confirmation.
“I think the best way to think about Terminator: Dark Fate is to think about it as a direct sequel to Terminator 2, the third film in a series, if you will. We’ll be continuing with Sarah’s story, John’s story, and the T-800 returns — a different T-800 with a very different role to play than what we’ve seen before."
We have only been teased a glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aged T-800 in the trailer with plot details remaining under wraps. That's a considerable improvement from the marketing for Genisys that revealed a big plot twist in one of its many trailers. Naturally, there is still a while to wait before Dark Fate arrives later this year, but it seems as though they've learned their lessons from Genisys.
Terminator Dark Fate is released in the UK on October 23 ahead of its US launch on November 1.