Why Tim Miller Chose Terminator: Dark Fate After Deadpool

Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate

The sci-fi is one of the most popular genres in filmmaking, having entertained and intrigued audiences for decades. There are certain properties that stand out among the rest of the genre, remaining fan favorites through the test of time. Chief among them is James Cameron's pair of Terminator movies, and (to a lesser degree) the myriad sequels that have followed throughout the years. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature character will be back for Terminator: Dark Fate, which is being helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller.

Tim Miller had massive success with Deadpool, which was a critical and box office hit. But he ended up departing the sequel due to creative differences, eventually signing on to bring Terminator: Dark Fate to reality. He recently explained the choice to pivot to such a beloved franchise, saying:

I think you’d get the same answer from pretty much any nerd you’d ask, which is these movies, because they were the seminal sci-fi movies of the decade when they came out, they had a big influence on a lot of people, especially at my age. Star Wars and Terminator were the two biggest franchises that made me want to get into this. The idea that I could continue this story is unbelievable to me.

It looks like Tim Miller is as big a fan of the Terminator movies as the rest of us. As such, he jumped on the opportunity to get behind the camera and put his own perspective on the beloved property. Especially with the original actors returning, forming a new timeline in the process.

Tim Miller made his directorial debut with Deadpool, and had the odds stacked against him. Miller made the project on a modest budget by superhero movie standards, and utilized a character that wasn't a household name. But all that changed with the first movie, which proved an R-rated superhero blockbuster could make a ton of money at the box office.

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As such, sci-fi fans were thrilled when it was announced that Tim Miller would be helming the newest Terminator movie, even if it meant that he didn't get to work on Deadpool 2. The pressure is certainly on for Miller to deliver on his sophomore run as a director, especially given how much moviegoers love James Cameron's set of Terminator movies.

Terminator: Dark Fate will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2, which is largely considered the strongest entry in the franchise. This narrative choice helps to simplify a convoluted timeline, while also bringing in Linda Hamilton to reprise her role as Sarah Connor. Considering Tim Miller's fresh eye and daring perspective on filmmaking, it should be interesting to see what he does with Dark Fate, and if he breaths new life into the somewhat uneven property.

Tim Miller's efforts and enthusiasm for the franchise will come to the light when Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theaters on November 1st, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.