The reboot of the ‘Terminator’ franchise has been pushed back from its planned July 26, 2019 release date to November 22, 2019. That places it to be released just ahead of Thanksgiving in the United States which could give it a boost. Normally, the holidays are more prime for family entertainment, but over the past few years, we’ve started seeing more and more movies that would normally be classified as “summer popcorn flicks” creeping outside the balmy months into fall, winter and spring, often to great success.
Arnold Schwarzenegger recently underwent heart surgery, but reportedly the date shift is not related to that.
Tim Miller is directing this reboot, which welcomes back Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will share the screen for the first time since 1991’s ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’. Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Connor, while Schwarzenegger will, of course, portray the Terminator. He recently reprised the role in ‘Terminator: Genisys’.
James Cameron, who directed the first two ‘Terminator’ movies, is serving as executive producer on this reboot. The new film will ignore all the sequels that came after ‘Judgement Day’. Said Cameron:
“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [Tim] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”
The new film is due to begin filming in June and last until October. Considering that this film is likely to be extremely heavy on CGI, the new release date is likely to accommodate that post-production work.
The title of the new film hasn’t been announced and so far the only other cast member that is known is Mackenzie Davis, who has previously appeared in ‘The Martian’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and the TV series ‘Halt and Catch Fire’.