Tim Miller Is Officially On Board to Direct 'Terminator 6'

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 10:40AM
Terminator: Genisys
Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 10:40AM
Tim Miller Is Officially On Board to Direct 'Terminator 6'
Image credit: Skydance Productions
2017 has been a real head-scratcher for fans of the Terminator franchise, but things may finally be falling into place for James Cameron's 2019 reboot. According to reports, Deadpool director Tim Miller is officially onboard to direct Terminator 6, which will be Cameron's attempt at course correction by erasing everything after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Tim Miller was first mentioned as a frontrunner for the job back in January, but confirmation came via Skydance Media and an invitation for an upcoming Terminator event in Los Angeles, which will feature a screening of T2 and a talk with both filmmakers.



So now that the project has a tentative release year, a director who is white-hot after making the highest grossing R-rated movie in box office history, the one true T-800 cybernetic organism along for another ride, and the father of the franchise back steering the ship, does that mean that we can actually get excited now? The wild card here is probably Tim Miller, but there are a couple reasons why his involvement may be the most promising part of any Terminator news we've heard in the last year.

For starters, the man directed Deadpool. Ignoring the financial success and broken records for a minute, the film was also a critical success. It may have been egregiously snubbed by the Academy, but what Miller, Ryan Reynolds, and the rest of the team were able to do with that property was nothing short of a miracle.

Part of that has to do with the second reason why Tim Miller may be the franchise's savior: his background in visual effects. Miller has worked as an animation supervisor and as a visual effects producer on video games like Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Miller is also one of the founders of Blur Studio, a production company that has done credits, commercials, and design work for Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldThor: The Dark World, Far Cry 5, Batman: Arkham Knight, and many other titles.

A lot of what made Deadpool work was its combination of practical and CG effects and the way Miller shot it so that both components fit together seamlessly. The film was directed with post-production in mind, not as a separate entity that artists and designers could just lay effects on top of later. A Terminator film in 2019 needs a strong script more than anything, but it also needs to find that balance in the visuals so it doesn't become an ugly pile of nonsensical CGI vomit.

With Tim Miller's eye and James Cameron's writing (and Arnold Schwarzenegger's delivery of one-liners), this could shape up to be the sequel we've been waiting for since 1991. They really can't do much worse than Terminator: Genisys, so let's just go ahead and count this as a win.
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