Linda Hamilton Returns to Terminator
Cameron made it clear that he’s keen to make another statement about gender roles in action films.
Paramount has decided to put together yet another Terminator film, with the help of the old crew: James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton. Cameron will not be directing the film, but he did work on the script along with David Goyer (Blade and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and finally Justin Rhodes (Contract Killer).
The script, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was made for a trilogy of films. Though their overarching connection is not necessary, they could easily stand as individual films.
As to the return of Hamilton, Cameron made it clear that he’s keen to make another statement about gender roles and women as action heroes. As Sarah Connor was one of the first and still one of the most famous women to have starred as the main anchor in an action film. This time around, Cameron explains that “there are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
He’s certainly not wrong, as Robert Downey Jr. is still playing Tony Stark at 52 years old in almost all the Marvel films that include Iron Man. That said, The Hollywood Reporter mentions later on that the new films will be passing the baton “to a new generation of characters.”
Cameron elaborates on this, saying that “we’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story.” So much for making a statement about gender and age in Hollywood movies with Hamilton returning. She’s not even the main star, yet Cameron still tries to justify this decision by explaining that “there will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”
Nonetheless, the new films are to be treated as direct sequels to Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Meaning that the tired old theme of how evil technology is will be reinforced and re-hashed in the new films. More details will be coming soon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter