SDCC 2019: 'Terminator: Dark Fate' panel sees James Cameron speak from 'Avatar 2' set, will be R-rated, Eddie Furlong back
The 'Terminator: Dark Fate' panel launched after 11 a.m. PT in Hall H during the San Diego Comic-Con 2019. A special look was also offered up along with a Q and A session with the cast and director. A bunch of interesting announcements were also made during the panel including a live message from producer, James Cameron from the sets of 'Avatar 2'.
"I'd love to be there with you and be there with our cast and Tim Miller our director but unfortunately, I gotta stay here and work because everybody's always winging about Avatar and how long it's taking to get done," Cameron said.
He also added that it would take a good five hours to explain the sets and the technology of 'Avatar 2.' Talking about 'Dark Fate', he said, "I was asked to join the production by David Ellison at Skydance and Tim Miller who was already aboard. I came into with no particular expectation other than wanting to make the best possible Terminator movie for 2019."
Cameron also explained that he had one condition if he were to work on the movie. "If I was gonna do it, I wanted Arnold in... What do we do with the T-800? How do we create a new character for him, something no one has ever seen before? I think we came up with something pretty good."
"You've got Tim Miller fresh off of Deadpool," Cameron said. "Me coming back to the franchise almost three decades later... [we're] coming up with crazy new stuff you've never seen before... One thing we kept circling around, 'Do we want to bring Sarah back?' And there is no Sarah but Linda [Hamilton], so how to do we talk Linda into being in this movie?"
He also revealed he sent Hamilton an email explaining why she should and shouldn't do the movie to help her make a decision. Finally, it was the fans' love for Sarah Connor that made the actress say yes to reprising her role as the iconic character. "We asked Linda to come back and thankfully she agreed and we built the story about that. Eddie Furlong is back as John."
The return of Furlong too will further add to the theory that the movie will pick after the events of 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day.' Miller ('Deadpool') received praise from Cameron and so did the new cast. He remarked that the idea was to "turn him loose" and that he was the "best director" for the job. "This is Tim's movie, he's gonna tell you all about it," Cameron said.
Soon after, a bit of footage from the new film was screened to the audience and Miller took the stage to talk about the movie. He also confirmed that 'Dark Fate' would be R-Rated. "While Deadpool was in post, David Ellison came to talk to me about something else," Miller said. He went on to say that Ellison pondered on what the reaction of the audience would be if a new 'Terminator' movie would be made. "He only wanted to do it if they could tell a part of the story that hadn't been told, which is Linda's story," he added.
Miller also explained the time travel aspect that was part of 'Terminator: Genisys'. "The time travel, for me, I loved Endgame I think it's fantastic...however, I feel like time travel with multiple realities loses some stakes. If you can change time and it can be anything...I feel like you lose a little bit of the dramatic stakes. So, in the Terminator universe, there is only one timeline," he remarked.
"If you change something in the past, it rolls forward and changes something in the future." He points out that in 'Terminator' and 'Terminator 2,' they were trying to maintain the timeline and not change it.
"At the end of Terminator 2, she casts all of the dice on the table and destroys Cyberdyne, so you don't know what the consequences of that decision was. That's the most interesting story, it's the consequences of destroying Cyberdyne," Miller added.
'Terminator: Dark Fate' hits theaters November 1.