We still have a great many questions about Terminator: Dark Fate, but fans can possibly sleep a bit easier knowing that the latest movie in the long-running franchise is going to be R-rated. This welcome bit of information comes directly from James Cameron, who created the franchise and has returned this time around as a creative producer. Cameron not only assures that the new entry will be R-rated, but he makes it clear this will be, in more than one way, much more similar to the first two movies in the series.
Early on in the process, when we first learned that James Cameron was teaming up with Deadpool director Tim Miller to make this project happen, it was revealed that this was going to be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which still represents a high-point for the series. Linda Hamilton is also coming back as Sarah Connor for the first time since T2 and Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again back as the T-800. It would seem all of the correct pieces are in place.
Recently, Paramount released the first action-packed trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate. While it perhaps didn’t sell everyone, it certainly feels more akin to the original movies in some ways. Speaking in a newly surfaced interview, James Cameron confirmed the R-rating, which will further help place it alongside those early entries, in addition to some other tantalizing details. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“I think, tonally, what makes this a direct sequel to T1 and T2 is as much about the tone as it is about the narrative: it’s R rated, it’s grim, it’s gritty, it’s fast, it’s intense, it’s linear. The whole story takes place in 36 hours. It’s not this kind of grandiose, complex story. It’s just very focused on the characters, it’s very now, it’s very present and it’s just a fast white-knuckle ride.”
To say the least, more recent movies in the series haven’t quite lived up to the originals. Not that Terminator: Genisys is short on problems, but the fact that the movie was PG-13 definitely took something away from it. There’s a gritty nature that we associate with The Terminator and T2. Tim Miller, not coincidentally, proved with Deadpool that an R-rated movie, executed with care, can be a huge hit at the global box office. It’s more about staying true to the source material.
The hope is that this will kick off a new trilogy, but it sounds like they still decided to keep the story relatively simple, which is good. The cast includes Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage), Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who is on board as the new Terminator. While the original video of James Cameron’s interview has since been pulled down, we’ve included a newly uploaded version of it to check out below. Terminator: Dark Fate is set to hit theaters on November 1. This news was previously reported by TheTerminatorFans.com.