Tim Miller states it was ‘wrong’ to reboot the Terminator series with Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate
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The director of the poorly-received 2019 legacy sequel Terminator: Dark Fate has been speaking about the project – and he isn’t happy. 

When Terminator: Dark Fate landed in 2019, it would be fair to say that it wasn’t loved. That’s saying something, especially given that no Terminator sequel has really managed to be universally acclaimed since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Whilst every Terminator follow-up since then has offered something of interest, Miller seems to be struggling to find anything to hold onto of value in the film that he directed.

The filmmaker has spoken in the past about the difficulties of working with series creator and executive producer, James Cameron on Dark Fate, and he’s popped up once again this week to decry the film, stating that even attempting to tackle another Terminator sequel was the ‘wrong’ thing to do.

Here are Miller’s words below: “Terminator’s an interesting movie to explore, but maybe we’ve explored it enough. I went in with the rock hard nerd belief that if I made a good movie that I wanted to see, it would do well. And I was wrong. It was one of those f**king Eureka moments in a bad way because the movie tanked. [If it didn’t tank,] then why aren’t people returning my phone calls? I think if you make a lower cost Terminator movie, a good director and movie star could make it great. It could be made with sock puppets and it could be awesome. I’d like to do a Terminator CG.”

The franchise seems to be frozen following Dark Fate’s reception, but we can safely say that it’s highly doubtful that Miller will be returning to it anytime soon. Even if executives at Skydance were interested, it’s likely that Miller’s clashes with Cameron mean that his future with the Terminator films is over.

Still, he doesn’t seem too unhappy with that prospect. However, it’s sad that, despite helming the most successful R-rated film to that point with 2016’s Deadpool, Miller is now struggling to get projects (including an adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer) off the ground. Hopefully, something will soon come off for Miller and he’ll have another project entering production. When that happens, we’ll let you know right here.


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