Tim Miller has said he regrets his attempts to relaunch the Terminator franchise.
The 57-year-old director helmed the 2019 film Terminator: Dark Fate – which reunited original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton – but the movie flopped at the box office and Tim believes it was an error for him to take on the project.
‘Terminator’s an interesting movie to explore, but maybe we’ve explored 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. And I was wrong.’
‘It was one of those f**king Eureka moments in a bad way because the movie tanked,’ he told Collider’s Directors on Directing Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as per Deadline.
Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth film in the series following 2015’s Terminator Genisys, 2009’s Terminator Salvation, 2005’s Terminator: Rise of the Machine’s, Terminator 2: Judgment Day from 1991 and the 1984 original.
The film made $62million (£51.5m) in the US and $261m (£216.9m) worldwide, making it the second lowest grossing sequel in the franchise after the first film, written and directed by Titanic and Avatar mastermind James Cameron.
As the titular Terminator/T-800, Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in all but Terminator Salvation, which was another reboot-esque effort from McG starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.
There was also a short-lived TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Lena Headey.
Despite his disappointing experience with the franchise though, Tim would be happy to make a low-budget Terminator flick.
The Deadpool filmmaker explained: ‘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.’
Meanwhile, Linda returned to the Terminator franchise as the original Sarah Connor for the first time in 28 years for the flick but confessed that she found it ‘awful’ watching herself on the screen.
The 65-year-old star said in a 2020 interview with AV Club: ‘I’ve only seen the film once, because I just find it awful to watch myself. And the only reason I watched it was because I love Tim Miller, and I love my actors, and I just thought I owed it to Tim to see what we had done.
‘Because we would yell that back all the time while we were shooting. He goes “Linda” – over the bullhorn – “You’re going to see this movie?” I’m like, “I’m not! You’re not the boss of me! You’re the boss of me right now!” It was always a will-she-or-won’t-she thing.’