James Cameron is known for giving some of the biggest films in Hollywood. Cameron, who is considered to be one of the most innovative directors in the industry, doesn’t seem to follow the same with producing films. Some of the films including Terminator: Dark Fate failed to live up to the expectations at the box office. However, the Titanic director does not worry about the box office collections and believes that if he enjoys a film, then the audience is likely to enjoy it as well.
Cameron is confident about his upcoming film Avatar: The Way of Water, which is set to release this weekend. In his recent interview with Deadline, the Terminator director recalled clashes that happened between him and the Deadpool director Tim Miller during the 2019 film.
James Cameron Wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate
After directing the first two films in the franchise, James Cameron returned to produce Terminator: Dark Fate. The film also brought back the star cast of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. However, things did not go as planned for the film. It ended up being one of the biggest disasters with over $122 million in loss.
In his recent interview with Deadline, The Abyss director discussed what caused the film to fail. Talking about director Tim Miller, James Cameron said although he liked him before and after working on Dark Fate, he “didn’t like him very much during the movie.”
He shared that there were some clashes between them during Terminator: Dark Fate. “I think the problem, and I’m going to wear this one, is that I refused to do it without Arnold. Tim didn’t want Arnold,” the True Lies director shared. James Cameron also shared that Schwarzenegger would not have liked the fact that a Terminator film was being made without him.
He shared with Deadline “I said, “Look, I don’t want that. Arnold and I have been friends for 40 years, and I could hear it, and it would go like this: ‘Jim, I can’t believe you’re making a Terminator movie without me.’”
He then made it clear that he would only be joining the project if the makers found a way to bring the Predator star back into the film. The Aliens director said that they were planning a direct sequel to the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but it did not turn out the way they expected it to be.
Tim Miller Does Not Want to Explore Terminator Anymore
Tim Miller who directed the 2019 film Terminator: Dark Fate was asked if he is planning more films under the Terminator franchise. The Rockfish director jokingly said that he did not like that question and that it’s better to leave the franchise as it has already been explored enough.
“Terminator’s an interesting movie to explore, but maybe we’ve explored it enough. I went in with the rock-hard nerd belief that if I made a good movie that I wanted to see, it would do well,” Miller said.
The 2019 reboot grossed $261 million worldwide. Considering the film was a reboot of a very popular movie franchise, the collection was lower than expected. The film ended with a loss of more than $122 million, making it one of the biggest disasters.
Any follow-up plans under the franchise were canceled followed by the failure of Terminator: Dark Fate and no further plans had been introduced under the franchise so far.
However, a survival-focused video game based on the Terminator world was announced earlier this year. The game is currently in development under the Terminator Survival Project title and is expected to release in late 2023.
The Terminator franchise is available to stream on Paramount+.
Avatar: The Way of Water will release on 16 December 2022.