When the news first broke in January of 2018 that a new Skydance Terminator film was under development with James Cameron “godfathering” the production and “Deadpool” director Tim Miller in negotiations to direct, we were able to hypothesize what type of Terminator movie it would be based on clues the source provided.
According to that source, the new Terminator film would reportedly be both “a reboot and conclusion”. With a reboot, we can likely expect none of the previously established movies to be directly followed. That meant T6 would not be a direct sequel to “Terminator Genisys”, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” or any other Terminator movies, and they would likely not bring back any of the original actors either (with Arnold Schwarzenegger forever remaining a wildcard). Being also a “conclusion”, suggests the film will take place post judgment day, during humanity’s final conflicts in the war against the machines. (That entire analysis can be read HERE.)
Now when the news broke yesterday (reported HERE) that Skydance chief David Ellison revealed there is a major Terminator announcement coming this year, imbedded in his announcement was statement that reinforces even more that “Terminator 6” will be a Future War movie. Here is that specific quote:
DAVID ELLISON: “I think where it’s going will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.”
Now when we examine David Ellison’s words, it’s important to note he did not say we were getting a direct sequel to T2. While he clearly only recognizes “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” as canon, something the production team constantly made clear in the creation and promotion of “Terminator Genisys”, Ellison never says it is a continuation of T2. Ellison says T6 “will be the continuation of what the fans really wanted since T2.” (keyword since).
And what has “fans really wanted since T2″? Throughout the years, there has been nothing that fans have wanted more, than a fully realized Future War movie. In 2009, fans hoped “Terminator Salvation” would be that movie. And while Salvation is still appreciated by many Terminator fans, it didn’t quite realize the future aesthetic that James Cameron envisioned.. nor was it a war movie.
So it appears we are finally getting that Future War movie, Terminator fans!
Now it’s interesting to note that, considering the post-apocalyptic future presented in 1984’s “The Terminator” was the starting point for T1, T2 and “Terminator Genisys”, making a movie about those future war battles (before the fall of Skynet) can technically honor the original timeline loop, and both branching divergent timelines of T2 and Genisys. Considering “Terminator Genisys” was produced by David Ellison, and James Cameron not only helped with Genisys but considers it the third film in the Terminator series, this wouldn’t surprise us at all.
We’ll be back.