James Cameron and director Tim Miller did battle over the Terminator: Dark Fate edit

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James Cameron was notably involved in the edit of Terminator: Dark Fate, and says “the blood is still being scrubbed off the walls”.

Arriving in American cinemas today – after its UK bow last week – is the new Terminator movie, Terminator: Dark Fate. This, you may recall, is the film that brings James Cameron back to the franchise he started. He oversaw the story and was a producer on the new film, whilst Deadpool’s Tim Miller directed.

But in a new interview to ostensibly promote the film, Cameron had admitted that he and Miller did significant battle in the edit room. “The blood is still being scrubbed off the walls from those creative battles”, Cameron told Cinema Blend. “This is a film that was forged in fire”.

Putting that down to the creative process, Cameron explained the Miller’s rough cut “wasn’t a slam-dunk at the time”, adding “I felt there were a lot of pathways that were taken that were unnecessary”.

“I’m an editor myself, so I gave notes that were both broad, and very specific. I continued in that process up to about two and a half months ago when we locked picture”.

Cameron’s presence wasn’t felt on set, though, as he deliberately steered clear of the shoot, and never met the new cast. Instead, his energies were very much on the post-production phase of the film.

It’s still led to a film that’s had middling-to-good reviews. Most are comfortably agreeing though that it’s the finest film in the franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Our spoiler-filled breakdown of the movie can be found here.

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