Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller was featured on a “Directors on Directing” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (hosted by Miller’s good friend Steve Weintraub ‘Frosty’ of Collider) when the subject of Terminator arose, leading the director to acknowledge his failings with the sixth installment in the legendary sci-fi franchise.
Miller was asked about the future of the franchise and the potential for a Blumhouse-esque Terminator movie.
“I don’t like your question, Steve. Terminator’s an interesting movie to explore, but maybe we’ve explored it enough,”Deadline reported
The director then went on to explain the moment he realized that Dark Fate had failed to live up to expectations…
“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. And I was wrong. It was one of those fucking Eureka moments in a bad way because the movie tanked.”Tim Miller
Collider’s Frosty disagreed with his friend, stating that:
“It didn’t tank, it made $300 million.”Collider
Clearly Mr. Miller’s career progress following Dark Fate (or lack thereof) is still a sore point, as Miller responded:
“Then why aren’t people returning my phone calls?”Tim Miller
There are differing opinions (within the fanbase and beyond) on exactly why Dark Fate bombed with audiences, but many feel that the biggest issues arose from the mistreatment of John Connor.
A low Budget Terminator Movie Could Be Successful
With the majority of the Terminator fanbase (including this website) calling out for years for a lower budget, more story-centric Terminator movie; it’s sadly a little too late in the day for Miller to be using some favorable buzzwords but, hey… all PR is good PR.
Tim Miller said:
“I think if you make a lower cost Terminator movie, a good director and movie star could make it great. It could be made with sock puppets and it could be awesome, I’d like to do a Terminator CG.”Tim Miller at San Diego Comic-Con 2022
“Terminator CG“? also a little late to the Terminator anime ball game, – though Tim’s always got Love Death + Robots should he decide to purchase a license for use with the Terminator franchise in future.
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