Terminator 6: What we know so far about Dark Fate

The Terminator first said “I’ll be back” in 1984. He was right, several times over. But I can’t say I expected him to still be back 35 years later. Turns out, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and franchise co-creator James Cameron are all returning for Terminator 6, also known as Terminator: Dark Fate, a direct sequel to their Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Before getting into the weeds, let’s check out the first trailer, which was released mid-May 2019, right after the amazing official poster:

And now here’s everything we know so far to get you up-to-speed on the 2019 film Terminator: Dark Fate…

What Is The Terminator 6 Release Date?

Terminator 6 is being directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and it’s currently scheduled to open in theaters on November 1, 2019. That’s a slight change from its previous Nov. 22, 2019 release date. The Wonder Woman sequel was going to open on Nov. 1, but moved to June 2020.

At this point, Terminator: Dark Fate is poised to compete against the Charlie’s Angels reboot on the first day of November. The following week in November currently holds releases for Sonic the Hedgehog and Midway. Studios love to shift titles around, but that’s the lineup for now. (Update: All of those other movies have since moved, while Terminator: Dark Fate is still at Nov. 1. Guess Sarah scared them away?)

What Is The Terminator 6 Rating?

As the sun now stands, Terminator 6 doesn’t have an official rating from the MPAA. However, James Cameron confirmed to Flicks and the City that Terminator: Dark Fate will be Rated R:

That makes sense, since it’s an extension of the first two movies in the franchise, and they were both Rated R. Two of the next three films in the franchise were rated PG-13, but this film is pretending those movies don’t exist. Plus, director Tim Miller came to this fresh from Deadpool, which was also Rated R. He has a streak going.

What Is The Full Title Of Terminator 6?

Terminator 6 is titled Terminator: Dark Fate. ‘Cause remember, kids, there’s no fate but what we make for ourselves. It sounds like the working title used during filming for a while was Terminator 6: Phoenix. The Terminator Fans uncovered some posts from one of the supporting cast members, and the actor referred to the film as Terminator 6: Phoenix.

There was thought, at one point, that that might be the official title. James Cameron finally said, mid-February 2019, that they were calling the film Terminator: Dark Fate. Does that suggest an unhappy ending for this film, or perhaps an alternate dark future after T2? Is that why John Connor doesn’t seem to be a main character — because his fate took a dark turn and now we need a new hero for the future?

What Is The Plot Of Terminator 6?

Paramount has yet to release an official synopsis for Terminator 6. However, James Cameron — who directed the first two films and produced this one — told THR the 2019 Terminator film is meant to continue the story from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2:

Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 are returning from the first two films. In February 2019, Cameron revealed that Terminator: Dark Fate will deal with how time and dealing with “these tragic futures” has changed Sarah and show her passing the torch of knowledge for all this imminent doom to new characters.

Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will be joined by new stars, including Natalia Reyes as Dani and Mackenzie Davis as Grace. Grace is a super-soldier sent back to protect Dani, who is apparently very important to the future in the way Sarah Connor was in the first two Terminator movies. Both new actresses appeared with Linda Hamilton in the first official cast photo (see above), confirming the lead characters. Gabriel Luna was also cast as a new Terminator.

Sarah Connor – Linda Hamilton

Sarah Connor is back! We met her in The Terminator as the future mother of John Connor (played by Eddie Furlong in T2), eventual leader of the Resistance in the war against Skynet. But she’s so much more than that. Sarah began as something of a typical damsel in distress in the 1984 film, but when she returned in 1991’s classic T2, soft Sarah transformed into a muscled machine of her own. She became an action hero icon. As an adolescent when T2 came out, Sarah Connor was my hero.

Linda Hamilton was married to her Terminator director, James Cameron, and they share a daughter. He’s the one who approached her about returning to this role, as he told THR:

Director Tim Miller added his excitement to see the now 62-year-old Linda Hamilton return to Sarah Connor:

Linda Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor is already being compared to Jamie Lee Curtis returning for the 2018 Halloween. That Halloween return resulted in a major win at the box office, and we’ll have to see if that’s the case again for Terminator: Dark Fate.


Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Tim Miller
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Written By: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray
In Theaters: Nov 1, 2019 Wide
Studio: Paramount Pictures

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