"Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and other characters."
By Robert Marrujo:: It's been pretty big news over the past few months that director/creator James Cameron was back aboard The Terminator franchise. His presence has been anticipated to return the series to its former glory. Although the films continue to make money, particularly on an international level, it was evident in the wake of Terminator: Genysis that a course correction was desperately needed for the franchise.
Star Arnold Schwarzenegger recently spoke with Business Insider about the upcoming reboot (which will be directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller and produced by Cameron), reflecting on the narrative difficulties that Genysis had. According to Schwarzenegger, he felt that the film weakened the T-800 cyborg too much, diminishing it to the point of being nothing more than "an ordinary guy who suddenly gets activated again." Speaking of the setup of Genysis in regards to its placement within the Terminator timeline, Schwarzenegger said that "[i]t’s hard to come up with new ideas when you stay within that framework."
Thus, Cameron and company felt it was necessary to jettison that which has been convoluting the series to date and take a back to basics approach with the next installment. “I think [James] Cameron and Tim [Miller] came up with a concept where they can continue on with the T-800 but make a whole new movie. What they are doing now with this one is basically to just take a few very basic characters, like Linda Hamilton’s character and my character, and dismiss everything else. Just move away from all these rules of the timeline and other characters," Schwarzenegger said.
It sounds good on paper, but whether or not Cameron and the cast will be able to reclaim the luster that has been largely absent since the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is unknown. The next Terminator film is expected to drop in 2019.