Similar to Bill Paxton (Private Hudson in Aliens) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), Linda Hamilton became an ’80s movie star after just one role.
In her case, it was T2: Judgment Day, which is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished sequels of all time. With that in mind, it’s no wonder why there’s a sense of palpable excitement swirling around The Terminator, Skydance and Tim Miller’s long-in-the-works reboot that’s set to kick Genisys and its convoluted timeline to the curb in favor of a fresh start.
We don’t know too much about what the team has planned for us just yet, but the very fact that Linda Hamilton is on board – ditto for Arnie – means that there’s a certain air of expectation lingering over it. And while we’re still waiting for the marketing campaign to kick in (though we did get that awesome photo of the leading ladies a while back), Schwarzenegger’s taken to Twitter this week to share a photo of himself and Hamilton on set, recreating a shot from the 1984 original while adding the caption:
“Happy birthday to my dear friend Linda Hamilton. One of my favorite co-stars, a true badass, and a wonderful human being. I’m pumped to be back together again.”
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Sure, this photo may not reveal very much – if anything, at all – but fans will no doubt get a kick out of seeing these two together again. That being said, after an increasingly underwhelming run of Terminator movies, it’s going to take more than a little bout of nostalgia to steer this franchise back on course.
For what it’s worth, though, you can take it as an encouraging sign that James Cameron is involved in a producing capacity, with the filmmaker saying earlier this year that he hopes for the property catch up with our changing views of computer technology.
“We’re developing a new Terminator film. And The Terminator films are all about artificial intelligence. But I would say we’re looking at it differently than when I wrote the first story in 1982. That was just your classic ‘technology bad, smart computers bad’ kind of thing. Nowadays though — it’s got to be a much more nuanced perspective. So its ‘Smart computers bad… BUT…’ That’s the new motif.”
It’s an exciting time to be a fan of The Terminator, to be sure, and though rebooting one of the most beloved science fiction films of the modern era is a huge undertaking, we’re feeling fairly confident that Tim Miller has the directorial stones to pull it off. After all, he’s got the notoriously perfection-seeking Cameron breathing down his neck, and you wouldn’t want to let him down, would you?