James Cameron thought about the “problem”. Terminator: Dark Fate after “heads” with the director.
The filmmaker behind the first two Terminator films returned to produce the fifth installment in the franchise, which was directed by Tim Miller and released in 2019.
Months after the premiere, Miller vowed never to work with Cameron again, explaining, “It has nothing to do with the 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.”
While Cameron has said in a recent interview that he’s “actually reasonably happy with the film,” he said Avatar: The Way of Water The director said of Miller, “I liked him before the film, didn’t like him very much during the film, and I like him now, and I think he feels the same way.”
However, the filmmaker said he thinks he knows why the film didn’t work, and it came down to a demand he made of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I think the problem, and I’m going to wear this one, is that I refused to do it without Arnold,” Cameron admitted meeting. “Tim didn’t want Arnold, but I said, ‘Look, I don’t want that. Arnold and I have been friends for 40 years and I could hear it and it would be like, ‘Jim, I can’t believe you’re doing a Terminator movie without me.'”
He continued, “It just didn’t mean much to me to do it, but I said, ‘If you could get your mind set on bringing Arnold back, and then, you know, I’d like to be there. ‘
Adding fuel to the fire, Cameron believes, is that Miller then wanted Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor.
“I think what happened is I think the movie could have survived with Linda in it. I think it could have survived having Arnold in it. But when you put Linda and Arnold in it and then, you know, she’s in her 60s, he’s in her 70s, suddenly it wasn’t your Terminator movie anymore. It wasn’t even your dad’s Terminator movie — it was your granddad’s Terminator movie,” he said, adding, “And we didn’t see that.”
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Cameron said: “We loved it, we thought it was cool, you know, that we were doing this kind of direct sequel to a movie that came out in 1991. So it was just our own short-sightedness. We were a little high on our own stash, and I think that’s the lesson in that.”
Miller previously claimed that after Cameron fell out over the film, they cleared the air with an email that read, “I know we had a bit of a fight. I put it all down to two strong creative people with disagreements and I think that made the film better. I will be back in LA in December. Let’s go have a beer.”
Cameron has said he and Miller are still friends “which is weird” after their tumultuous experience.
Avatar: The Way of Water will be released on December 16 – find The IndependentHere is the film review.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/james-cameron-terminator-dark-fate-avatar-b2244854.html Avatar director James Cameron thinks he knows the “problem” with Terminator: Dark Fate