It has been 26 years since one of the most critically acclaimed action/science fiction movies of all time, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” marked the final appearance — until now — of Linda Hamilton as action heroine Sarah Connor. But after all this time, she’s coming back.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision reports that James Cameron, creator of the “Terminator” franchise, revealed Tuesday that Hamilton has signed on for the new “Terminator” movie that’s in the works from Skydance and Paramount. Cameron broke the news at an event celebrating the “Terminator” franchise.
Cameron, who launched the franchise in 1984 with “The Terminator,” knows a thing or two about hit movies and action/sci-fi franchises — his resume includes “True Lies,” “Titanic,” “Aliens” and “Avatar,” to name just a few. He said bringing Hamilton and her character back says a lot about the role of gender in action movies.
“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return,” said Cameron.
He added: “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is on board too, with Cameron — Hamilton’s ex-husband — producing and “Deadpool’s” Tim Miller directing. The filmmakers are reportedly working on a new “Terminator” trilogy that essentially follows “Terminator 2” and overlooks the three subsequent sequels, 2003’s “Rise of the Machines,” 2009’s “Terminator Salvation” and 2015’s “Terminator Genisys.”
They’re also said to be looking for a new young female protagonist to move the franchise forward once Hamilton walks away from the role.
The next installment is expected in 2019.