– 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.

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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.