James Cameron’s New ‘Terminator’ is a Direct Sequel to ‘Judgment Day’

The new Terminator film from producer James Cameron will star Linda Hamilton and will be a direct sequel to Judgment Day.

These new details were revealed on Tuesday night by The Hollywood Reporter. At a private event, James Cameron announced that Hamilton will return to the franchise after being absent for the past three movies.

“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,” Cameron said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ | TriStar Pictures

In addition, The Hollywood Reporter notes that this will follow up on Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“Story details are, of course, being kept on a secure hard drive at Cyberdyne Systems, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s Judgment Day,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And the themes of the potential evils of technology will once again be at the fore.”

Judgment Day ended with Sarah Connor at peace, and she never returned for the rest of the franchise. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines takes place further into the future, and it’s explained that Sarah died off screen. Though the second film ended with the hope that Sarah had prevented Judgment Day, Rise of the Machines took things in a completely different direction by having Judgment Day actually occur, with the rise of Skynet having only been delayed.

It sounds like the upcoming film will have to ignore everything after the second entry. After all, this one is to catch up with Sarah Connor as an older woman, but Rise of the Machines states that she died of leukemia in 1997. Terminator Salvation will also presumably be ignored, as will the most recent entry, Terminator Genisys. That fifth film took place in an alternate timeline and was intended to launch a whole new franchise, but it was poorly received, and plans to continue it were abandoned.

Sarah Connor in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day.'

Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ | TriStar Pictures

Terminator 6 will be the first movie in the franchise that James Cameron has any involvement in since Judgment Day, so it should be interesting to see how he follows up on that movie’s ending and whether he has Judgment Day occur like in Rise of the Machines. Cameron is a producer and he came up with the story idea; the director is Tim Miller (Deadpool). The idea is for this new Terminator to be the start of a trilogy and for Linda Hamilton to return in order to pass the baton to a younger hero. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return.