Terminator: Dark Fate is stepping up its marketing campaign with the release of a set of five new featurettes spotlighting the main characters of the new Terminator sequel. While Sarah Connor and the T-800 need no introduction, the long gap in between Dark Fate and its canonical predecessor T2: Judgment Day requires a little explanation as to what they’ve been up to these past 28 years. And how do the new characters of the Grace, Dani Ramos, and the Rev-9 come into play? Watch the Terminator Dark Fate character featurettes below.
But 28 years don’t make their relationship any less thorny as we see in the above character featurettes, which show a T-800 who has adapted to human life and even picked up a few human quirks, while Sarah Connor has become a grizzled, cynical soldier.
Enhanced humans and a shapeshifting Terminator are the newest factors in Terminator: Dark Fate. The former is played by Mackenzie Davis, and is the film’s biggest question mark, as Cameron teases, “Is she good? Is she bad? She’s definitely not entirely human.” But the Rev-9, played by Gabriel Luna, is this movie’s ultimate killing machine, wielding the ability to split into two bodies.
Dani Ramos, played by Natalia Reyes, is the Sarah Connor of this film, targeted by a futuristic corporation for her significant role that she plays in the future. But it’s still a mystery why she’s so important that she becomes a target for assassination by a Terminator. Whatever the reason, she has the protection of a pretty impressive group of people — and non-people.
“When Skynet sends a powerful new Terminator from the future in order to terminate Dani Ramos, a hybrid cyborg human and her friends, Sarah Connor teams up with the original T-800 Terminator to fight the new threat and save the future once and for all.”
During this year's Comic-Con, we learned the somewhat perplexing news that Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 has a very conventional name in Terminator: Dark Fate. Now, we get to see that name put to use in an extended TV trailer that shows off quite a bit of brand-new footage. Here, we get to see Sarah Connor reconnect with the old T-800, but she doesn't appear to be very happy shaking his hand.
An early image of Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the iconic T-800 cyborg from the original James Cameron directed Terminator arrived over the summer. And it shows the action legend wielding a giant machine gun, standing in front of a white van. Look closely and you'll notice 'Carl's Draperies' painted on the side of this van, along with the phone number '888-512-1984'. That is a direct reference to the year Terminator debuted in theaters. If you try calling that number you get a very short message, 'Carl's Draperies...Is not available. Please try back again later.' Perhaps there will be a full message at a later date? The number does at least acknowledge it's for Carl's Draperies, though the voice doesn't sound like Arnie.
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It was confirmed during Comic-Con in San Diego that the T-800 is now named Carl. This new TV spot kicks off with Sarah Connor reintroducing herself as a woman who 'hunts Terminators'. Apparently, she doesn't need anything further on her resume. Arnold Schwarzenegger narrates the extended trailer in voiceover. He explains to Sarah that the day has finally come, and that he is here to help her change the future.
We get to see the T-800 sitting in a lawn chair in the back yard, petting his dog. When asked if his name is really Carl, he answers, 'That's what everyone calls me.' Sarah scoffs at this idea and boldly states, 'I'm never going to call you Carl.'
From there, we get to see plenty of new action scenes, more gunfire, and a glimpse at the 'most lethal Terminator ever created'. And he just keeps coming as our heroes square off against the metal monstrosity.
More than two decades have passed since Sarah Connor prevented Judgment Day, changed the future, and re-wrote the fate of the human race. Dani Ramos Natalia Reyes is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother Diego Boneta and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Terminator - a Rev-9 Gabriel Luna - travels back through time to hunt and kill her.
Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace Mackenzie Davis, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton. As the Rev-9 ruthlessly destroys everything and everyone in its path on the hunt for Dani, the three are led to a T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger from Sarah's past that may be their last best hope.
This latest trailer comes from Paramount and Skydance. Check out the carnage and be sure to check out Terminator: Dark Fate when it hits theaters November 1.
Paramount has dropped four new Terminator: Dark Fate featurettes. Each one highlights the main characters from the highly anticipated sequel. We get new intel on Sarah Connor, the T-800, The Rev 9, and Grace ahead of the sequel's release next month. Linda Hamilton states that Sarah Connor "is a warrior for humanity against the machines," while James Cameron calls the character a badass Terminator hunter. Connor isn't sitting around waiting for them to come to her, she is on the hunt and she won't rest until her mission is complete.
Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. While many believe the idea to ignore the previous installments was from director Tim Miller and James Cameron, it actually came from Skydance producer David Ellison, who wanted to start with a clean slate. From there, Miller and Cameron worked together to get the story sorted out and convince Linda Hamilton to come back on board, which apparently was not as easy as it sounds.
In addition to the return of Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator: Dark Fate also sees the return of Eddie Furlong, who confirmed to reprise his role John Connor. With that being said, it's not clear if Furlong was a part of the production, or if they're using old footage to bring Connor back. There have been some pretty interesting rumors pertaining to his role on the movie, but none of them have officially been confirmed. Furlong has not commented on the subject, at least publicly. He also has not been spotted in any of the promotional material for the sequel released thus far.
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Mackenzie Davis Blade Runner 2049, Natalia Reyes Birds of Passage, Gabriel Luna Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Diego Boneta are the newcomers to the Terminator franchise. Davis' Grace character is a hybrid of machine and human and she looks like she could be the next Sarah Connor. Grace appears to be just as tough, but with an extra edge. As for the franchise continuing after Terminator: Dark Fate, that is unclear at this time. The Copyright Act of 1976 has started to come up more and more as authors who came up with a lot characters and stories in the 1980s are able to take back their work from the studios.
Gale Ann Hurd, who is credited as a screenwriter on the first Terminator alongside with director James Cameron, is seeking her half of the script's copyright. The Copyright Act of 1976 allows the creators of an original work to take back ownership after 35 years. Hurd could get 50% of the franchise and will be in on all of the discussions and negotiations to make further movies in the future. This could be a huge payday for the screenwriter. While we wait to see how that all comes up, you can check out all four of the Terminator: Dark Fate featurettes below, thanks to the Paramount Pictures YouTube channel.
With all the remakes, reboots, reimaginings and whatnot coming to theaters all the time, you might be excited to hear that some movies studios are in danger of losing the rights to some of their most valuable franchises.
The rights to Terminator, Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Predator, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Beetlejuice are all in danger of being snapped back by the original creators or those in charge of their estate. But why now? What has all these properties in line to possibly being snatched back?
The Hollywood Reporter has news on all these titles potentially leaving the studios that turned them into movies. This is all happening now or in the near future in some cases because of a law Congress amended in the late 1970s that allows authors to get the rights back to their work from studios 35 years after publication. That means the rights to some movies from 1984, such as The Terminator and Nightmare on Elm Street, could be snatched back by the original filmmakers.
In fact, The Terminator writer Gale Anne Hurd has already moved to to terminate ha! a copyright grant made 35 years ago. The rights to Terminator are currently situated at David Ellison’s Skydance Media. They picked them up from his sister Megan Ellison back in 2011 in auction for $20 million. But if this termination goes through, then Skydance may lose the right to make Terminator movies starting in November 2020. That could be a problem if they want to make any sequels they might have planned.
The other aforementioned franchises that could change hands still have a few years to possibly get remakes or sequels off the ground. But Gary K. Wolf definitely wants to get the rights back to the book that inspired Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the same can be said for Roderick Thorp, the author of Nothing Lasts Forever, the book on which Die Hard is based. And apparently authors like Stephen King and David Mamet are anxious to get the rights back to some of their stories that were turned into movies as well. Meanwhile, in the case of Beetlejuice, it’s the heirs of screenwriter Michael McDowell who want to get the rights to the script back from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Other original scripts in the line of fire include Predator, which could create some problems for an upcoming video game title based on the property. A similar issue recently arose with a Friday the 13th video game not being allowed to create downloadable content for the title because the rights to certain elements of the franchise didn’t belong to the right people. The Predator video game could find itself in the same boat, and funnily enough, it’s from the same creators as the Friday the 13th game.
But all of these franchises do have some time to get their affairs in order and even hold on to the rights. Entertainment attorney Larry Zerner told THR, “Since the author has to give at least two years notice of the termination, that gives the studios two years notice that it’s ‘use it or lose it.” That means once they get a termination notice, they have two years to make a project based on a given property or it reverts back to the creator.
Basically, all this means is that most studios will probably have to sit down to strike a new deal for rights. That means the creator gets paid more money, and everyone is happy. Because as we all know, money buys happiness. But there’s also a chance that the studio could let a property go and the creator could sell it to another studio.
For now, these film franchises are safe, but don’t be surprised if you start hearing about an influx of new deals being struck all over Hollywood for some of the most lucrative and beloved films of the 1980s. And we’ll get to do it all over again as the years go on.
Back in August, we learned that Mortal Kombat 11 would be adding a couple interesting new characters to the fighting roster. The Terminator, Joker and Spawn are all being added to the video game over the next few months as downloadable content, but the first one out of the gate is the aged T-800 Terminator as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate. However, they clearly couldn’t afford to get the former Governator to do the voice himself. But we think the game developers made up for it by including a special move where the Terminator smashes a man’s genitals.
Watch the Mortal Kombat 11 Terminator gameplay footage below to see for yourself.
Mortal Kombat 11 Terminator Gameplay Footage
The first Mortal Kombat 11 Terminator gameplay footage has arrived from PlayStation, and there are plenty of great references to the film franchise for fans to enjoy.
Right out of the gate, when The Terminator walks into an arena, he pulls a shotgun out of a box, just as he does in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But instead of a box of flowers, it’s a box of Johnny Cage action figures, one of which he steps on and breaks after it falls to the floor.
As for The Terminator’s fighting moves, they’re pretty basic, though he does carry that shotgun with him and can use it throughout the fight. The character moves in kind of a clunky way, not unlike the Terminator of the first two films in the franchise. He still moves quickly, and delivers some hard punches and kicks. The Terminator also has some cool special moves, including some kind of futuristic grenade, and the ability to teleport, complete with the look of the electric orb upon his departure and arrival.
At first, I was a little disappointed that The Terminator’s clothes and skin didn’t slowly deteriorate as the fight went on to reveal the metal skeleton beneath. But the developer’s did allow for that to be revealed in full if The Terminator is hit with a fire attack. Then you get to fight as just the metal Terminator skeleton.
There’s also The Terminator’s fatality, which sends the defeated opponent back in time, cutting off their legs in the process of going through the time portal, and sending them to the future where another Terminator blasts a whole through them with a big laser gun.
But the real gift here is The Terminator’s so-called Krushing Blow a signature move fighters have in the game. Start around the 1:20 mark in this gameplay video and prepare yourself to see The Terminator laying out Jax on the ground, and then proceed to stomp right on his crotch, with an x-ray style shot showing the interior flesh of his genitals being smashed until they burst. Video games are art, people!
You can play as The Terminator starting on October 8 if you have Early Access for Mortal Kombat 11.
The footage released for Terminator: Dark Fate so far has been a tad underwhelming, but that’s about to change. A new international Terminator: Dark Fate trailer is loaded with new footage, and it gives us a much better idea of how action-packed and intense the movie is going to be. While the Terminator franchise as a whole has been lackluster after Terminator 2, Dark Fate might deliver. Watch the latest trailer below and see for yourself.
International Terminator Dark Fate Trailer
There’s still some clunkiness here – Linda Hamilton saying, “My name is Sarah Connor, and I hunt Terminators!” is pretty dumb. But I’ll admit it: this is a good trailer. The action looks solid, and Mackenzie Davis looks like she’s going to kick all sorts of ass. Maybe bringing James Cameron back really is the key to making this all work. Of course, I’d be a lot more excited if Cameron were directing, but he’s just producing. Directorial duties fall to Tim Miller, the guy who helmed the first Deadpool.
In Terminator: Dark Fate, “When Skynet sends a powerful new Terminator from the future in order to terminate Dani Ramos, a hybrid cyborg human and her friends, Sarah Connor teams up with the original T-800 Terminator to fight the new threat and save the future once and for all.” Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta star, with a story by James Cameron & Charles Eglee & Josh Friedman & David Goyer & Justin Rhodes, and a screenplay by David Goyer & Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray.
Dark Fate has an uphill battle. After Terminator 2, the Terminator franchise took a nosedive. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is more entertaining than people give it credit for, but everything after it – especially Terminator Genisys – has been a total bust. Will Dark Fate change things for the better? Anything is possible. It’s certainly cool to have Linda Hamilton back, so there’s that.
Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on November 1, 2019.