While James Cameron and director Tim Miller had grand plans for the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Dark Fate set to launch a brand new trilogy of films, audiences weren’t as interested as the film failed to meet box office goals earning poultry $261.1 million on a production budget of over $185 million.
Well, it sounds like Linda Hamilton would be happy to finally be done with the franchise altogether as she revealed in a recent interview with TheHollywoodReporter.
HAMILTON: “I would really appreciate maybe a smaller version, where so many millions are not at stake. Today’s audience is just so unpredictable.”
“I can’t tell you how many laymen just go, ‘Well, people don’t go to the movies anymore.’ It should definitely not be such a high-risk financial venture, but I would be quite happy to never return. So no, I am not hopeful, because I would really love to be done.”
She also comments on the opening scene of the film which might have been a little shocking and controversial for certain fans.
HAMILTON: “I don’t think Sarah and John would be there at all if they were still fine and strong. I thought it was a great leaping-off point for my character. To create a new fuel and fire for Sarah Connor, I thought it was a very good story point. I’m not one that clings to past ideas… I just think it’s much more interesting to launch from a new place.”
You can’t really blame Linda, who was pulled out of action star retirement to reprise the role of the iconic Sarah Connor only for audiences not to show up.
Cameron and Miller had plans to make two more movies but unless Amazon (has adapted Paramount properties before) decides to take on a television series version of that for Prime Video, I doubt we’ll see their vision realized in live-action form as the franchise is pretty much terminated at this point.
It wouldn’t be the first or last beloved sci-fi action franchise to lose steam after box office hiccups.
Shane Black’s The Predator was thought to become a soft-reboot of the franchise to give it new blood and it also had a tough time connecting with audiences that seemed to be exhausted after previous installments not matching expectations.
This also proved that James Cameron’s name might not hold the cache studios think it does, Alita: Battle Angel also had a underwhelming box office performance last year.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER