When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the words “I’ll be back” almost 40 years ago, I don’t think anyone thought it would be put to use so many times over the next few decades. But the actor made this catchphrase part of a larger franchise that has kept cranking out movies on movies on movies over the years. And it looks like that’s going to continue for even more years to come. According to insider Daniel Richtman, Schwarzenegger is planning on returning for many more Terminator movies coming down the pike.
There are no other specifics about this casting other than the plan is to keep Arnold Schwarzenegger in the mix when James Cameron ramps this franchise back up. There had been some rumors the director wanted to take back the wheel when it came to the next (and maybe final few) movies in the franchise. Considering the state of the Terminator movies and the more recent stories that have been told, it would make sense for Cameron to want to get back into the mix with how the plot takes shape in the final fight for the future.
Though James Cameron hasn’t been all that involved in the Terminator movies over the years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has basically reprised the role each and every time out. Coming on the scene in 1984 as the indestructible bad guy from the future he looked every bit the part of a killing machine that would never stop until the mission was over and everyone was dead. But subsequent Terminator movies saw the actor shift roles, this time acting as more the good guy/ savior type, protecting the Conners from other machines.
This started for Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day which was the last time James Cameron had a major hand in the movie franchise. He directed that award-winning film that ended up being a blockbuster of the most epic proportions. It’s considered one of the best action films of all-time with the actor being credited with humanizing a robotic character in the story.
And though James Cameron sat out some of the next films, Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t. He would go on to reprise the role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, used as a body double in Salvation and then made a glorious return in Dark Fate. Cameron was on as a producer and consultant in that last film which did bring back some of the critical acclaim to the franchise (70% on Rotten Tomatoes) even if the box office numbers left a lot to be desired.
Whether the 64-year-old James Cameron and 74-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger ever team back up to bring us more Terminator movies remains to be seen. I think it’s less likely than we might wish. But considering these two were what made the franchise happen, to begin with, it would be great to see them end the story together as well. Let’s see if we can get one final, “I’ll be back” and know that the actor meant it this time.