Linda Hamilton is coming back to the ‘Terminator’ franchise ladies and gentlemen, completing the original creative team of James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Hamilton that helped produce the amazing first two films of the franchise. With the news that Tim Miller would be directing a new installment of the franchise with Cameron directly involved, this certainly lends credence to the hope that this could actually be a ‘Terminator’ sequel worth seeing. Cameron broke the news at a private event celebrating the franchise, stating:
“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…There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
He is, of course, referring to stars like Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford who have continued their action careers well past their 40s and 50s, making an interesting point about how in Hollywood we have yet to see a major franchise bring back an older female actor to reprise her character for an action heavy role (unless we see Carrie Fisher kick some butt in her final role as Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ of course, which would be awesome).
As for the plot of the new film, which is being hammered out by Cameron, director Tim Miller (‘Deadpool’), David Goyer (‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy), Charles Eglee (‘Dark Angel’), Josh Friedman (‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’), and Justin Rhodes (a frequent Goyer collaborator), not much is known except for the fact that it is being considered a direct sequel to ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day,’ and will be a kind of passing of the torch to a new generation, though Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hamilton will be there as central characters, with the hope of a successful movie launching a trilogy.
According to Cameron:
“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.”
What are your thoughts on Linda Hamilton returning to the ‘Terminator’ franchise? Is it too little too late since we have been mired in terrible sequels since we last saw her as Sarah Connor 25 years ago? Or could this FINALLY set the franchise back on course? And when will Cameron even have time to contribute to this with all the ‘Avatar’ movies he is working on? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below!