Tim Miller has reflected on his entry in the Terminator franchise, 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, and its failure to impress audiences.
Terminator: Dark Fate was a part-sequel, part-reboot for the Terminator franchise, ignoring the events of all films released after the second entry in the series, Judgement Day. While it reunited original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, the film bombed and plans for future Terminator installments were abandoned.
Now, director Tim Miller has looked back on Dark Fate and said he was wrong to think his approach to the franchise would succeed.
‘Hasta La Vista, Baby!’
The Terminator franchise had been struggling for a while by the time Dark Fate was released. Terminator 3, Salvation and particularly Genisys had all flopped with critics.
Creative control of the franchise was returned to original director James Cameron, who co-produced and co-wrote the story for Dark Fate. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to save Terminator from its tail dive.
While some critics felt Terminator: Dark Fate was at least an improvement on previous entries, it simply wasn’t enough to revitalize the sci-fi series. Talking about the film at San Diego Comic-Con, director Tim Miller recalled where it all went wrong:
“Terminator’s an interesting movie to explore, but maybe we’ve explored it enough. I went in with the rock hard nerd belief that if I made a good movie that I wanted to see, it would do well. And I was wrong. It was one of those f**king Eureka moments in a bad way because the movie tanked.”
The director did show some optimism for the franchise’s future though, saying “if you make a lower cost Terminator movie, a good director and movie star could make it great.” He also revealed what might still tempt him back: “I’d like to do a Terminator CG.”
Directed by Tim Miller from a script co-written by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta.
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