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Dark Fate Director Gets Brutally Honest About Sequel Movie

Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller gets brutally honest about the sequel movie, expressing his disappointment in the film’s failure.

A few years after its failure, Terminator: Dark Fate Director Tim Miller reveals his brutally honest feelings about the sequel movie. The 2019 film served as the third attempt to revive the franchise after the future-set Terminator Salvation and the time-traveling Terminator: Genisysboth of which scored generally favorable reviews from critics but were modest box office successes. Terminator: Dark Fate acted as a direct sequel to Judgment Dayignoring the events of the other films, as a new artificial intelligence called Legion has wiped out the future instead of Skynet and has sent back an advanced Terminator to kill a young woman vital to the fate of the future.

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Linda Hamilton made her franchise return in Terminator: Dark Fate as Sarah Connor, haunted by the death of John Connor at the hands of a T-800 Terminator who has spent 25 years killing various Terminators sent by Skynet before their demise, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger as a new T-800. The cast also included Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta. Written by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Billy Ray on a story treatment from the former two as well as franchise creator James Cameron, Charles Eglee and Josh Friedman, Terminator: Dark Fate debuted to generally positive reviews but was a major box office failure, and now one of the creatives behind the sequel is sharing their thoughts on the film’s reaction.


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While appearing at Collider‘s Directors on Directing Hall H San Diego Comic-Con panel (via dead line), Tim Miller shared his brutally honest feelings about Terminator: Dark Fate. The director explained he approached the sequel movie as a fan of the franchise and, though he thought he was making “a good movie,” he was disappointed by the response to the film. See what Miller shared below:

“I went in with the rock hard nerd belief that if I made a good movie that I wanted to see, it would do well. And I was wrong. It was one of those f**king Eureka moments in a bad way because the movie tanked.”


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Despite being the best-reviewed franchise sequel behind Terminator 2: Judgment Daywith many critics considering it a return to form, Terminator: Dark Fate Memorably flopped at the box office, only grossing $261 million, losing the studies involved a reported $122.6 million. The sequel movie had been intended to launch a new trilogy, as Terminator: Genisys did, with James Cameron having worked with the writers to develop stories for the latter two installations. Despite the film’s positive reception, Terminator: Dark Fate‘s box office failure led to Skydance canceling plans for the sequels.


A variety of reasons have been attributed to Terminator: Dark Fate‘s box office failure, some of which included the film’s lukewarm critical reception, audience disinterest in a new movie in the franchise and its polarizing opening of John Connor being killed by a T-800. Despite the film’s failure, the future of the terminator series doesn’t seem entirely closed off, with Netflix developing an anime series from batman‘s Mattson Tomlin and Miller himself believing a new film could be made, if it returns to the smaller-budget nature of the earlier movies. While they await concrete word on the franchise’s future, audiences can revisit Terminator: Dark Fate streaming on Paramount+ now.


More: How Terminator: Dark Fate Undermined The Entire Franchise

Source: Collider (via Deadline)

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