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James Cameron Pretending Terminator's Modern Sequels Were a 'Bad Dream'
Sep 28, 2017 by: WENN
James Cameron's new Terminator reboot will be a continuation of the storyline from his two original films, because he considers the recent sequels to be "a bad dream."
The Titanic filmmaker launched the sci-fi franchise with 1984's The Terminator and its 1991 follow-up, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but was not involved in the subsequent three installments, starting with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003.
Cameron has since signed on to executive produce the next Terminator project, which Deadpool's Tim Miller will direct, but reveals they will be turning back time to revisit the plot fans first fell in love with more than three decades ago.
"This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2," Cameron explains to The Hollywood Reporter. "And we're pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse."
The veteran director reveals it was actually Miller's idea to strip back the film to its original premise.
"This was really driven more by (Tim) than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it," Cameron says. "The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century."
The upcoming project will reunite the filmmaker with his leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has maintained his role as the titular android assassin, and actress Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor in the first two films.
However, the movie will also introduce a series of younger characters who will be designed to carry the franchise for a new trilogy.
"A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters," Cameron tells the publication. "We're starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold's character and Linda's character to anchor it."
Cameron and Miller's new Terminator collaboration is set for release in July, 2019.
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