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Terminator: Dark Fate SDCC 2019 Featurette Teases Grim And Gritty Actioner

Think you're ready for Terminator: Dark Fate? You'd be wise to reconsider. 

A new featurette unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 teases just how intense Terminator: Dark Fate will be — from the tone that harkens back to the original duology to the action that just doesn't stop. 

Director Tim Miller of Deadpool fame recalled a world-rocking experience he had while filming Terminator: Dark Fate, a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day that ignores every subsequent franchise installment and brings back series favorites Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 model Terminator. 

"Last night I was standing there looking at a monitor. On one camera was Linda Hamilton and on another camera was Arnold Schwarzenegger. I thought, "Holy f***, I'm making a Terminator movie!" Miller said with a wide smile on his face. 

An obvious fan of the Terminator franchise who feels lucky to be at the helm of Dark Fate, Miller has the support of longtime series producer James Cameron, who praised him for perfectly capturing the tone of 1984's Terminator and its 1991 sequel. Cameron shared, "Tim has recaptured that tone. It's R-rated, it's grim, it's gritty, it's fast, it's intense."

He then called Dark Fate "a fast, white-knuckle ride," and offered a warning to anyone wanting to see the flick in theaters this November. "You better watch your a**," said Cameron.

Newcomer Natalia Reyes — who portrays a young woman named Dani who fights to protect herself and the world around her after the insidious artificial intelligence conglomerate Skynet sends an advanced Terminator known as the Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna) from the future to murder her — said that Miller has a "fresh vision" and incorporated into Terminator: Dark Fate some of the same elements seen in Deadpool.

"Like what he did in Deadpool, his action is huge," the actress said. 

Hamilton chimed in as well, stating that the action in Terminator: Dark Fate is "ten times bigger" than any film that came before it — an assessment that director Miller totally agrees with. "This film is relentless," he said. "It just does not stop. This is f****** insane."

By the profanity-sprinkled language the Terminator: Dark Fate cast and crew used in the featurette alone, it's clear that the forthcoming flick is an R-rated romp that effortlessly rouses spirited reactions. And that's a good thing. Terminator films are supposed to be over-the-top, action-packed, and badass — and the franchise looks to be returning to its roots (and we don't just mean by casting Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, and John Connor actor Edward Furlong in the flick)  after stumbling with 2009's Terminator Salvation and the much-maligned Terminator Genisys from 2015.

Miller's unique sensibilities in the action genre that were on full display in Deadpool, combined with the nostalgia factor from the returning cast and the introduction of a host of new characters that includes Mackenzie Davis' cyborg-human assassin Grace, should make for an incredible new Terminator movie that will revamp the franchise. Try as some may have to resist the temptation of Terminator: Dark Fate, it seems the film will be one be impossible to hold out against.

Terminator: Dark Fate is set to hit theaters on November 1.