2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate was a critical success but a commercial failure–despite strong reviews (including our own), it was the second lowest-grossing film in the franchise after the 1984 original (not adjusted for inflation). It brought in $261,119,292 worldwide on a $185 million budget (according to Box Office Mojo), which doesn’t take into account global marketing; it is said to have lost around $100 million.
Because of all of these factors, a sequel is unlikely, despite the film originally being planned as the first in a new trilogy. But star Linda Hamilton has said, in the wake of the first film’s failure, that a follow-up is unlikely, and that she’s perfectly comfortable with leaving Sarah Connor behind.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton responded to a question of whether she was hopeful of playing Sarah Connor again with an immediate “no.” Fleshing out her response more, she laments the perils of big-budget filmmaking: “I would really appreciate maybe a smaller version where so many millions are not at stake. Today’s audience is just so unpredictable.”
Continuing, Hamilton says, “It should definitely not be such a high-risk financial venture, but I would be quite happy to never return. So, no, I am not hopeful because I would really love to be done.” However, she doesn’t outright say that it will never happen again: “But, if there were something new that really spoke to me, I am a logical person, and I will always consider viable changes.”
Dark Fate director Tim Miller similarly seems unlikely to return for more Terminator, having previously talked about never wanting to work with series creator and producer James Cameron again, who returned to the franchise for Dark Fate.
Terminator: Dark Fate is out now on digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray.
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