The 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con is now officially in full swing, and the Hall H mega-presentations began yesterday with Paramount Pictures bringing the cast of the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate to schmooze with the fans.
Later in the day Paramount released a new featurette for Terminator: Dark Fate, a movie that’s going to try its darndest to get the bad taste of Terminator: Genisys out of the brains of the longtime fans who have been hoping for something as great as James Cameron‘s first two movies in the 28 years since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Granted, I kind of liked Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but I also haven’t seen it in 15 years either.) It may or may not help that Cameron has been a lot more involved with the new movie as an executive producer, but we’ll see.
Terminator: Dark Fate doesn’t open until November 2, but director Tim Miller (Deadpool) attended the Hall H panel for the movie along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton (her first time back as Sarah Connor since T2!) and the new cast Mackenzie Davis, Diego Boneta, Gabriel Luna and Natalie Reyes.
As the panel began, creator and producer James Cameron Skyped in from the set of Avatar 2 to announced that Edward Furlong (also last seen in T2) will be returning in Dark Fate as John Connor, although he’s been played by Nick Stahl, Christian Bale and Jason Clarke in subsequent movies. You might want to sit down for this, but Furlong is actually 41 years old right now, so he’s older than two of those other actors when they played Connor.
During the panel, Hamilton explained her desire to finally return to play Sarah Connor — “the only Sarah Connor” according to her ex-husband Cameron: “It was the passage of time. I was very intrigued by the characters and how time changes everything…There was a richness I wanted to explore. And rock it as a woman of a certain age.”
The movie is confirmed to have an R-rating, which is good since Miller himself uses the F-word a lot, and it will be a direct sequel to T2, as if the three movies and television show since 1991 never happened.
Later in the day, Miller and the cast of Terminator: Dark Fate hit Reddit for a live-streaming AMA sometime after the panel, and you can go there and see what they said.
During the panel, they also showed five or six minutes of clips as well as debuted a trailer, but it hasn’t been released online as Paramount instead chose to release a featurette as well as some new pictures, all of which you can view below: