James Cameron has been doing a lot of press for Alita: Battle Angel, which he co-wrote and produced, and in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, the filmmaker revealed the working title for the upcoming Terminator movie! “We’re calling it, Terminator: Dark Fate,” Cameron said. “That’s our working title right now.”
Terminator: Dark Fate, scheduled to open in theaters on November 1, 2019, has both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returning to their iconic roles as The Terminator and Sarah Connor from the first two films.
Directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool), the new story will introduce the next generation of characters played by Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, Halt and Catch Fire), Natalia Reyes (Lady, La Vendedora de Rosas), Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Diego Boneta (Scream Queens, Rock of Ages).
“I said, ‘I can’t be involved in this film at all if Arnold [Schwarzenegger] is not in it,'” Cameron added, and he strongly recommended that Linda Hamilton should be back. “Fans are going to want to see her again, and they’re going to want to see what time and dealing with these tragic futures has done to her. It’s hardened her, but in a way that made her much stronger. Maybe less likable, but stronger. And ultimately, she becomes a really important character in passing the baton to the new characters that come in. It’s a very female-centric film, which I’m glad Tim embraced those themes.”
In related news, James Cameron was also asked by IGN what Sarah Connor would think of Alita and more about Tim Miller directing Terminator: Dark Fate. Cameron says that Schwarzenegger will be a different Terminator than you’ve seen before and Linda is there to do battle and kick ass.
And then came the shocker. When asked whether he would give Neill Blomkamp a call about Alien, he actually said “I’m working on that, yeah.” In 2015, Blomkamp was working on an Alien film that would have seen the return of Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. The project, said to be titled Alien: Awakening, was shelved and there hasn’t been news in a while.
Produced by James Cameron and David Ellison, the upcoming Terminator movie will be a direct sequel to Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The film is executive produced by Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Tim Miller, John Kelly, and Edward Cheng. The Skydance movie will be distributed domestically by Paramount Pictures and internationally by 20th Century Fox. Tencent Pictures will distribute the film in China.