Terminator: Dark Fate has a wave of positive reviews going into its release next week. But producer James Cameron is already looking into how to expand the lore. Cameron recently spoke with Collider about what he has in mind.
“I feel like one of my major motivations on this film or coming back to the, hopefully franchise, was to explore the human relationship with artificial intelligence,” explained Cameron. “I don’t feel we did that in Dark Fate, I feel that we set the stage or we set the table for that exploration, and that exploration would take place in a second film and a third film. And we know exactly where we’re going to take that idea.”
“What we wanted to get in the first movie was this idea that it’s just going to keep happening,” continued Cameron. “The names will change. But the basic conflict is going to continue to take place until it gets resolved one way or the other. And so I believe we’ve set that table and if, like I said, if we get the opportunity, we know where to take the story… I think you start simple and then you elaborate, and you can elaborate over a series of films. If they’re made by the same people…then there can be a kind of a story arc across multiple films. But that said, I think Dark Fate stands alone as a pretty good one-time story.”
Cameron also discussed the possibilities that would come with a trilogy.
“We’ve got a lot of thinking about what things look like up in the future to draw upon,” said Cameron. “So there’s really a plot line that runs all the way out through a third film, if we get to that stage. And the reason for that is you spend a couple of weeks to future-proof yourself. So you don’t paint yourself into a corner and you could still do the things that you want to do. So yeah, there’s a lot of good thinking that exists already on that.”
Terminator: Dark Fate opens in theaters on November 1.
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