James Cameron Reveals His Long-Term Plan For The Terminator Franchise

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When James Cameron returned to the Terminator franchise after a break of nearly three decades, there was no guarantee this would be anything more than a one-off. In a recent interview, however, the filmmaker made it clear that he has every intention of making more Terminator films. In fact, he already knows where he wants the series to go next.

“I feel like one of my major motivations on this film or coming back to the… franchise was to explore the human relationship with artificial intelligence,” he said. “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. The names will change, but the basic conflict is going to continue to take place until it gets resolved one way or the other.”

While it’s still possible the franchise could branch off and continue in a completely different direction, Cameron knows what he wants to see next—and it’s a substantial commitment. “I think you start simple and then you elaborate, and you can elaborate over a series of films,” he explained. “If they’re made by the same people with the same intentions and the same philosophy, 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.”

Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in theatres on Friday. Check out the trailer below.