Fresh off the back of the revelation that Jamie Lee Curtis was returning to the Halloween franchise, Cameron revealed at a private Terminator event that Linda Hamilton, the actress who famously played the iconic Sarah Connor, would be returning in his new series of films. The Hollywood Reporter revealed Cameron’s reasoning behind the announcement:
“There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
He went on to explain how the idea of legacy will fit into the new film:
“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story, we still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”
As touched on above, Hamilton will be joining returning Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a film directed by Tim Miller (director of Deadpool) in a story crafted by Cameron.
Together, the pair have gone on to develop a writers room in which they intend to hash out the story for the new trilogy. Joining them in said writers room are David Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight trilogy and Batman v Superman), Charles Eglee (co-creator of Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (creator of The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Justin Rhodes (co-writer of the upcoming Green Lantern Corps).
To be honest, we probably should have seen this coming. The character of Sarah Connor is clearly always on Cameron’s mind, as evidenced by his use of her in his critique of the recent superhero hit Wonder Woman, while speaking with The Guardian:
“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”
Will Cameron be able to stand by his criticism and outdo the success of Wonder Woman with his new Terminator series? We’ll find out when…
The currently untitled Terminator reboot/sequel hits cinemas in 2019.