It would seem that when Arnold said he will be back, he would be bring back a friend. It has been more than 25 years since Linda Hamilton graced the screen as Sarah Conner. Now, Hamilton will be returning to the Terminator universe with Arnold in a reboot of the franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
James Cameron made the announcement at a private event celebrating the franchise. “As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return.”
Without calling out his comments about Wonder Woman, he did take aim at Hollywood’s view on gender roles. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys,” he said, referring to aging male actors still anchoring movies, “but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
The news should not be surprising, as he did speak about the reboot back in July. With all of his other projects, primarily Avatar, it was safe to assume that he would take more time for an announcement. In 2019, Cameron would receive the rights to his franchise but that would only be domestic film rights. Skydance would have worldwide distribution.
Cameron has teamed up with Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, to reboot the franchise into a trilogy. At the same time, they are looking to sculpt a story that can standalone or form an overarching story. Cameron is not the only former Terminator creator returning. David Goyer, whose credits include the Blade and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies; Charles Eglee, who created Dark Angel with Cameron; Josh Friedman, who created the Terminator TV spinoff, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Justin Rhodes, a frequent Goyer collaborator, were part of their writer’s room.
With the return of both Arnold and Hamilton, the reboot will be sort of a treat. Nevertheless, it seems that Cameron and company are going down the path of many reboots.
“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron said. “We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”
Are we to expect that John Conner will not be featured in the story? Or that somehow this young woman will be a key to the resistance? Although, it cannot be any more confusing than Terminator Genysis.