Terminator 6- Linda Hamilton Returns in Direct Sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Ever since Terminator: Genisys made a mockery of itself a couple years back, we've been hearing about a mysterious Terminator 6 that would be produced by James Cameron. Deadpool director Tim Miller was lined up to direct, and that was the last we had heard about the project until recently, when Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the cast (you can read more about that here). With that announcement, we've been hearing mixed things. We've heard that Terminator 6 would go back to the scientist that the Terminators were modeled after, which would explain Schwarzenegger's return. But this is also coming from the same studio and same producers as Genisys, so there was confusion as to whether this was separate from that, or if it fell into the same line of continuity. With all of this going on, it was hard to really get excited for Terminator 6. However, Cameron may now have explained some things in terms of where this new film takes place in the timelines, and has dropped a major bombshell casting announcement!

In a recent interview, James Cameron spoke about Terminator 6, and announced that not only will Linda Hamilton be reprising her role as Sarah Connor, but the film will also be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Cameron said:
"As meaningful as [Linda Hamilton] 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... there are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn't an example of that for women."
"We're starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story. 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." 

As a Terminator fan, this gets me incredibly excited. The idea of a Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens kind of reinvention of the franchise, blending new characters with old ones, sounds fantastic! Seeing Linda Hamilton back as a grizzled older woman still fighting for her life, and back on screen with Schwarzenegger, is incredible to think about. Having this movie be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which is what we all wanted to see out of a sequel, is an excellent idea. But the realist in me has to check my expectations. Since Judgment Day came out, we have had three Terminator movies that have all come and gone. Granted, then didn't follow too closely to the continuity of the series like this one supposedly will, and they didn't have Cameron as involved as he will be here, but that's still three Terminator movies that have all flopped. This sounds like a step in the right direction, but we can't get our hopes up too high that this one will be any different. Before it hit theaters, Cameron told everyone that Genisys was the perfect sequel to Judgment Day, and that he loved the film, remember? And look how that turned out. Cameron even admitted that he only said that to support Schwarzenegger. So just because this sounds like a good move doesn't mean that the film will actually turn out to be great.

But, like I said before, this is a major step in the right direction. Erasing the other three movies and making this a direct sequel to Judgment Day is a great move. Bringing back Linda Hamilton is a great move. But I still have apprehensions. I would be far more excited for this if Cameron himself was directing. Tim Miller did a great job with Deadpool, but if Cameron was directing this, then it would feel like a true return to form for this franchise. But he's producing it instead. Now, he could be a very active producer; he could be on set every day, giving Miller notes, and working as hard as he can to make this the best film possible. But Cameron's doing the next four Avatar movies, so he'll probably only be actively involved in the pre-production of the movie. Cameron also said that they're aiming to make a trilogy, which makes me nervous. I want them to simply focus on making the best movie possible with Terminator 6; I don't want them thinking ahead to all the other sequels they want to make. That's part of the reason why Genisys failed. Focus on this one, and make it as good as it can possibly be. If it turns out great, you can worry about sequels then. Just focus on making this one. Look, there's enough here for me to get excited, but I'm forcing myself to check my expectations until we learn more about what the story is, who else is working on the movie, and how involved Cameron will exactly be.

What do you think? Are you glad that Linda Hamilton will be back for Terminator 6? Do you like the idea that it will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Does this sound like the film is moving in the right direction, or is it just more of the same? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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