'Terminator 6' Will Be a Direct Sequel to 'Terminator 2', Will Ignore All the Bad Movies

Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 10:27AM
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 10:27AM
'Terminator 6' Will Be a Direct Sequel to 'Terminator 2', Will Ignore All the Bad Movies
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The Terminator franchise hasn't had a solid win in a long time, and as more bad movies enter the canon, things get more and more complicated. James Cameron, who'll produce the upcoming sixth Terminator movie (just as soon as he gains the rights to actually make the film in the first place), has explained his plan for getting around the awkward challenges of the current, overly convoluted Terminator continuity:

Ignore everything after T2: Judgement DaySaid Cameron:

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"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."
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Once upon a time, this probably would have sounded like sacrilege. A movie series' continuity was once an untouchable, important element of the mythos, allowing fans to track the minutiae of their favorite narratives across different films stretching out over decades.

The problem with this approach has historically been that no continuity can continue to grow forever without needing a little retcon. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the Terminator movies. Genisys attempted to use time travel to fix the continuity issues, and it ended up making a bigger, stickier mess of things by simultaneously refusing to throw anything out. Attempting to craft a working narrative out of so many different movies, all featuring heavy elements of time travel, meant digging a bigger and bigger rabbit hole for the series to get lost in.

Cameron has been referring to Terminator 6 as a reboot for a while now, despite also wanting to include Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in their original roles. It ultimately seems that the reboot Cameron has in mind merely involves stripping away all the elements of the series that he wasn't personally involved with.

While this isn't necessarily a terrible idea, Cameron's plan still has some potential pitfalls ahead. Genisys didn't work in part because of the convoluted story, but having an aging Eighties muscleman in a major role didn't help things either. It's not hard to see Terminator 6 going down the same road as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, attempting to revisit a movie franchise's past successes even though its stars have aged to the point that they just can't pull off the same level of daring adventure.

Let's also not forget that, before its release, James Cameron was wholeheartedly on board with Terminator Genisys. In promotional material, he even called Genisys the "third Terminator film", so we've heard this particular line before. Cameron turning his back on the movie once it proved unpopular may have been a shrewd decision, but there's no guarantee that Terminator 6 won't end up in the same state while its producer is busy with endless Avatar sequels that nobody asked for.

Terminator 6 will hit US theaters on July 26th, 2019.
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