Terminator: Dark Fate director opens up on the film’s disappointing box office

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Tim Miller admits he doesn’t want to be in a position on a film again “where I don’t have the control to do what I think is right”.

The dust is settling around Terminator: Dark Fate a month after it made its big screen debut, and it seems clear that the box office returns have brought the saga – at least for now – to a close.

Dark Fate was to be the first in a new trilogy of films – the third straight movie in the franchise to try the same trick – but in spite of decent reviews, the audience has fallen away.

Tim Miller, who directed the new movie, has been chatting about it to KCRW, a Los Angeles radio station. And as producer James Cameron had previously hinted, Miller and Cameron had their battles behind the scenes, to the point where Miller now says it’s unlikely he’ll work with Cameron again. He added a crucial caveat though, saying “but it has nothing to do with whatever trauma I have from the experience, it’s more that I just don’t want to be in a situation again where I don’t have the control to do what I think is right”.

Miller added too that he’s “processing” the box office disappointment of the movie, but that he’s “very proud” of the film. He also acknowledges that audience dislike of Terminator: Salvation and Terminator Genisys was a factor too, but that was out of his control.

Terminator: Dark Fate is coming to the end of its cinema run now. It’ll get a fresh lease of life when it arrives on home formats in early 2020 – but probably not enough to get that next film over the line…

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