Linda Hamilton to Return for Terminator Reboot


Back in January, we learned that yet another Terminator movie was in the works despite the domestic failure of Terminator: Genisys and a growing feeling of apathy towards the franchise. However, the one thing that seemed to give people a faint glimmer of hope was the fact that James Cameron would be involved for the first time since Terminator 2. He won’t be directing of course (those duties have fallen to Deadpool director Tim Miller) but he is helping to create the story at least. Now this week they have announced another possible draw to bring fans back to the series: Linda Hamilton will reportedly be returning as Sarah Connor. Cameron had this to say about the announcement:

“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return… There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

The announcement comes just a few weeks after Cameron came under fire for his comments about Wonder Woman being a “step backwards” for feminism. At the time, he brought up Sarah Connor as an example of a strong female character who “was not a beauty icon.” He went on to state that the new Terminator film will mostly revolve around a new, young cast, but that Arnold and Linda’s character will anchor it, so it remains unclear just how big her role will be. Either way, it will be cool to see her return to the franchise for the first time since 2009 when she provided a brief voiceover in Terminator Salvation. Does this news make you more interested in the upcoming Terminator reboot?

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  • pcch7

    Cameron being involved makes me hopeful, don’t know about this specifically. Could be cool I suppose. I’d be more hyped if they had Josh Friedman and the writers of TSCC working on this though

  • Jake

    The Cameron factor is huge. I would think that with the rights reverting back to him in 2019 he won’t let this be another dud. The HR article also says they are treating it as a direct sequel to Judgement Day! Hot damn, this could be great. We are actually getting a sequel to Judgement Day and not another fan fiction reboot. The article also mentions they have created a writers room as they are planning a new trilogy.

    You are in luck because it says Josh Friedman is a part of the room. The big downside here is that David Goyer is also a member. There is too much good news in this article though to have me get too bummed over the Goyer factor.

  • Lior

    Urg…. I dunno… on the one hand, I’m glad Cameron is getting the rights back. On the other hand, Terminator 2 never needed a sequel. Even though James Cameron is probably one of the few filmmakers in Hollywood who knows how to do them right, he still won’t be directing, so…

    Also have to say that personally I don’t like this trend of revisiting action icons when they’re old, male or female. Their screen persona was etched and immortalized when they were in a certain age. Seeing a 60 year-old Indiana Jones running around was just odd. Like watching a facsimile of the real thing. Same goes with a 60 year-old Han Solo. I guess we should call it the Harrison Ford Factor. It’s not his fault. It’s just that the character has been immortalized in a certain age. That’s all. Same for Sarah Connor.

  • Tim

    Franchises = sequels = basically the same movie = Taco Bell mix of same

  • pcch7

    oh man that is good news haha. Friedman actually had a vision for the show and personally I loved it. Hopefully he can bring it again