Linda Hamilton would ‘love to be done’ with Terminator franchise

Linda Hamilton would be happy to “never return” to The Terminator franchise.The 63-year-old reprised her iconic role of Sarah Connor after nearly three decades for 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which received strong reviews but disappointed at the box …

Linda Hamilton would be happy to “never return” to The Terminator franchise.

The 63-year-old reprised her iconic role of Sarah Connor after nearly three decades for 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which received strong reviews but disappointed at the box office – putting creator James Cameron’s plans for a trilogy in jeopardy.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton admitted she wasn’t hopeful for another instalment and would be fine if one never came to fruition.

“I would really appreciate maybe a smaller version where so many millions are not at stake,” she said. “Today’s audience is just so unpredictable. I can’t tell you how many laymen just go, ‘Well, people don’t go to the movies anymore.’ That’s not Hollywood analysis; that just comes out of almost everybody’s mouth.

“It should definitely not be such a high-risk financial venture, but I would be quite happy to never return. So, no, I am not hopeful because I would really love to be done. But, if there were something new that really spoke to me, I am a logical person, and I will always consider viable changes.”

While promoting the movie, the Dante’s Peak star revealed that she took a lot of convincing from director Tim Miller to return to the franchise for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day and joked that she would rather pretend to be dead than play Connor again.

“I’ve been threatening to fake my own death so I wouldn’t have to do the next one if there is one. It really was hard, it was the hardest and the greatest I’ve ever done,” Hamilton laughed on U.K. chat show Lorraine.

Since the film’s release in October, Miller has stated that he would never work with Cameron, who served as a producer, ever again as they clashed over many creative decisions.

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Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller rules out working with James Cameron again

Tim Miller has no plans to work with James Cameron again after the pair butted heads on Terminator: Dark Fate.Cameron, who helmed the original movie back in 1984, serves as a producer on the sixth instalment of the sci-fi action movie saga, which was d…

Tim Miller has no plans to work with James Cameron again after the pair butted heads on Terminator: Dark Fate.

Cameron, who helmed the original movie back in 1984, serves as a producer on the sixth instalment of the sci-fi action movie saga, which was directed by Miller.

And while Oscar-winner Cameron previously expressed an interest in turning the revived movie into part of a trilogy, Miller told California-based KCRW radio he wouldn’t work with the filmmaker again.

“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,” he clarified. “Even though Jim is a producer and David Ellison is a producer and they technically have final cut and ultimate power, my name is still on it as director.

“Even if I’m going to lose the fight… I still feel this obligation to fight because that is what the director is supposed to do. Fight for the movie.”

Though the Avatar director previously told Cinema Blend “the blood is still being scrubbed off the walls” from their creative battles, he reached out to Miller to extend an olive branch when work on the flick was completed.

“I just got an email last week from Jim, who said, ‘I know we clashed a little bit. I put it all down to two strong, creative people with differences of opinion and I think it made the movie better,'” the Deadpool helmer recalled.

Terminator: Dark Fate, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Mackenzie Davis, had a disappointing opening week, but still managed to top the North American box office when it debuted in theatres back in October.

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James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton ‘very long’ email asking her to star in Dark Fate

James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton a three-page email asking her to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate.The actress appeared in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the…

James Cameron sent Linda Hamilton a three-page email asking her to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate.

The actress appeared in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the time-travelling robot assassin, and is now portraying the character once again in the latest movie, the sixth instalment in the franchise.

However, in a chat with Collider.com, Cameron – the director and producer of the first two films – explained that he had to do quite a lot of convincing to get Hamilton back on board.

“I sent her a very, very long email. It was about three and a half pages, half of which was devoted to why she shouldn’t do the film, and half of which was devoted to why she should do the film. We all know the reasons why she should. We love the character. It’s been often attempted, but never succeeded, and I don’t just mean other incarnations of Sarah,” he commented, adding that he was pleased to present his former wife, whom he was married to from 1997 until 1999, with both sides of the argument. “By balancing it, I think I gave her permission to say no without offending anybody. I think that allowed her to make her own decision. And if you know Linda, you know that it would have to be her decision. And fortunately, we got a great return to the big screen for Sarah out of that.”

Meanwhile, in a recent chat on U.K. TV chat show Lorraine, Hamilton joked that she would rather pretend to be dead than play Connor again.

“I’ve been threatening to fake my own death so I wouldn’t have to do the next one if there is one. It really was hard, it was the hardest and the greatest I’ve ever done,” she laughed.

Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller, is in cinemas now.

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Sonic the Hedgehog producer promises fans ‘will be pleased’ with character redesign

Sonic the Hedgehog executive producer Tim Miller is certain fans “will be pleased” with the character’s redesign.After the teaser trailer for the upcoming film dropped earlier this year, many fans took to social media to express how they were unimpress…

Sonic the Hedgehog executive producer Tim Miller is certain fans “will be pleased” with the character’s redesign.

After the teaser trailer for the upcoming film dropped earlier this year, many fans took to social media to express how they were unimpressed by the fact the blue video game hero was given human teeth and muscly calves, prompting director Jeff Fowler and the design team to go back and rethink Sonic’s look.

Miller was with Fowler as the “s**t hit the fan” following the trailer release, and added in an interview with Variety: “I went over there and said, ‘The most important thing to do, man, is say, ‘I f**ked up.’ He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.”

The redesign meant the release of the film was pushed from November to February 2020, but Miller thinks it’s entirely worth it.

Asked if he’s seen the new Sonic character design, he replied: “In fact I have. And I think the fans will be pleased.”

In May, Fowler took to Twitter to announce the new release date of the film and insisted his message that the team was working hard on the redesign.

“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” he wrote. “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”

Sonic the Hedgehog features Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis Doctor Robotnik, as well as the likes of James Marsden and Tika Sumpter.

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James Cameron refused to return to Terminator: Dark Fate without Arnold Schwarzenegger

James Cameron made it clear to studio bosses that he would only be involved in Terminator: Dark Fate if Arnold Schwarzenegger was on board.The Oscar-winning director, who helmed the original movie back in 1984, serves as a producer on the sixth instalm…

James Cameron made it clear to studio bosses that he would only be involved in Terminator: Dark Fate if Arnold Schwarzenegger was on board.

The Oscar-winning director, who helmed the original movie back in 1984, serves as a producer on the sixth instalment of the sci-fi action movie saga.

However, Cameron has confessed in a now-deleted video interview for Flicks and the City that he originally refused to even contemplate going back to the Terminator series without the Austrian-American actor.

“I said, ‘Look I’d love to be involved in this, but I can’t be involved in a Terminator movie without working with my good friend of 35 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger, even if it’s to officially pass the baton to a new generation of characters,'” Cameron commented, according to Cinemablend.com. “So that’s what we all agreed to do. Then the question became, ‘What about Linda (Hamilton), does Linda want to come back?'”

Hamilton is also reprising her role as Sarah Connor, alongside Schwarzenegger who is back as the cyborg assassin disguised as a human.

Deadpool’s Tim Miller is handling directing duties for the movie, which is due to begin hitting cinemas in late October.

Cameron also hinted that if the 62-year-old actress hadn’t wanted to reprise Connor, then her character wouldn’t have been included in Terminator: Dark Fate.

The movie will be the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day that Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and Hamilton have worked together on the franchise.

Dark Fate is reportedly a direct sequel to the first two Terminator movies, with the entries in between – including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys – having occurred in different timelines.

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Mackenzie Davis in talks to lead Terminator reboot

The Martian actress Mackenzie Davis is reportedly in talks to take on a lead role in the Terminator reboot. Tim Miller is directing the movie, which will serve as a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and he is eyeing the 30-year-old to front the ca…

The Martian actress Mackenzie Davis is reportedly in talks to take on a lead role in the Terminator reboot.

Tim Miller is directing the movie, which will serve as a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and he is eyeing the 30-year-old to front the cast, according to Variety, alongside an unnamed star who will take on a protagonist role, similar to Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor character.

Original franchise director James Cameron will be producing this time around, but the upcoming project will reunite the filmmaker with his leading man Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will return as the titular android assassin, and Hamilton, who starred in the first two films.

Last year (17), Cameron revealed the movie will introduce a series of younger characters, who will carry the franchise for a new trilogy.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centrepiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

And he explained it was Miller’s idea to bring it back to its original premise and not make mention of the three sequels following Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“This was really driven more by (Tim) than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it,” he added. “The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

Cameron and Miller’s new Terminator collaboration is set for release in July, 2019.

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