– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Terminator franchise is one of those great giants that have long since fallen. Following the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, many filmmakers have tried their hand at expanding the story of the universe, but the resulting films have been lackluster at best. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was mediocre at best, and the Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys were kinda sorta train wrecks.

Going forward with yet another entry in the franchise only threatened to further convolute an already-convoluted timeline. How many times do we need to see the world revolve around the the Connors, and with another film being added to the canon, won’t it just make things worse?

No need to worry about that. Speaking with THR, Terminator 6 producer James Cameron stated:

“This is a continuation of the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream. Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse. This was really driven more by [director Tim Miller] than anybody, surprisingly, because I came in pretty agnostic about where we took it. The only thing I insisted on was that we somehow revamp it and reinvent it for the 21st century.”

This isn’t exactly surprising. When it was first announced that Cameron was looking to do another film in the Terminator franchise, it was coined as more of a direct sequel to Terminator 2. It’s only in recent weeks that some fans have gotten confused as to where this film stood in the timeline.

More recently, there have been reports that the next film would ignore Terminator Genisys, and given that it seemed to be a backpedal on other statements, we purposely ignored that story until more definitive statements could be made on the timeline as a whole.

This move from Cameron and director Tim Miller is a great one for the franchise. Ever since the third film, it’s gotten a bit too hot and heavy with the time travel aspect, and in the interest in starting things off with a clean slate, it’s probably best to ignore the less-than-stellar films going forward.

Do you think this is the right move? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Kindofabigdeal

    21 years after the events of T2 the bombs finally fell. John is no longer the same savior he was. The events of T2 changed history. Sara and John, still living off the grid, lead a group of survivors to try and create some sort of stability.
    Technology has advanced on both sides. Cyborgs are created on both sides. Humans with cybernetic inplants against machines covered with living tissues. Both sides have an ace up their sleeves.
    Skynet creates a way to hack into the robotic components, opting for humans to cease their cybernetic super soldiers. But a new science rises, augmented humans. Genetically engineered to destroy the machines.
    Skynet and John both send their best warrior back into time to destroy the future leaders and accelerate the events of Judgement Day.
    They go back to 2017, one year before the bombs are set to fall. They seek out Sara and John to help destroy the most advanced Terminator to ever come back in time.
    Terminator: Apocalypse

    • Jason Tyler

      so terminator 2?

      • Kindofabigdeal

        As I was typing it felt more like Terminator 3.

    • TheOct8pus

      Hopefully they go back in time and destroy every copy of “Terminator Salvation” and “Terminator Genysis”….as a bonus, they kill McG

      • Kindofabigdeal

        How would you like it if I trashed your lights.

        • TheOct8pus

          That video survives somehow…

  • CoolHandJuke

    they should do what if john was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. it’d be the feel good movie of the summer…

    • Moby85


  • claudiomario

    Should make this trilogy feel like rebel one.

  • Kronx

    33 years later, John Connor is starting to think the apocalypse isn’t going to happen. Despite self-publishing a series of e-books and creating a Doomsday blog (heavily featured on Fox “News”) Connor thinks the world is going to be blindsided.

    He begins to suspect it may be too late when Alexa tells him to F*** off and his self-driving car aims for a cliff. Armed only with his wits, and best friend Elon Musk’s $20 billion, Connor must somehow find a way to stop tech startup SkyNet from activating its latest AI program.

    And then a Delorean pulls up filled with zombie cyborgs… but I’ve said too much.

    • TheOct8pus

      Wow…so John Connor is basically a hipster….

      • Kindofabigdeal

        He will be sporting a man bun in this film.

        • TheOct8pus

          I’m there….you had be at man bun

  • Moby85

    I’m ambivalent. I found even Genysis and Salvation entertaining, though they clearly did not match the quality of T1-T2. If they want to reinvent everything after T2, fine, having Linda Hamilton back is good news enough for me.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Cameron HIMSELF saw ‘Genesys’ in theaters and called it the unofficial ‘Terminator 3’ (which I agree with), but still…Terminator IS Cameron’s baby and he’ll do what he wants with it.

    • He have since changed thoughts and comments on that. Google it 😀

  • Duck O’Death

    Confused as to who is writing the screenplay. Saw one site report that James Cameron himself had already written the screenplay (which excited me beyond belief), and others report it’s a few writers who Will take on the job including David Goyer. Cameron being the producer is exciting, but if he’s not directing this himself I would hope he has STRONG influence on the script.

  • David E

    I have no faith in this project and almost no interest. The ship has sailed on this franchise.

    • Hervoyel

      I’m kind of at the point now where I’d need an actual time-travelling version of Arnold from 1991 to appear before us with a script written by James Cameron (Literally on the cover page it says “THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: DELIVER TO FUTURE ME!”) and be ready to start shooting that day before I’d even consider walking into this with a positive attitude and any hope in my heart.

  • Nattown

    John and Sara are on the run in 2018, accepting his long talked about fate and searching for solutions. Judgement Day is around the corner and word of the machines already conducting “business” in isolated incidents are becoming widespread. Running into a cluster of soldiers prepping for war, they meet a man who strongly resembles the machines the Connor’s encountered, just older (played by Arnie). With his family murdered in the first wave, this highly decorated soldier was captured by the machines..studied..but eventually escaped. Meanwhile the machines have sent 3 T-6780s (just made that up) to this time to try and coordinate the attack more strategically than they already have in the past to change mistakes made that lead to the eventual defeat at the hands of John Connor’s army. Think three Agent Smiths. Taking command of a handful of rowdy rebels, John Connor’s & friends give stopping the apocalypse one last hoorah.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.