Terminator: Dark Fate's Mackenzie Davis says it would be 'insane' to think people wanted a sequel

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Mackenzie Davis in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount/Fox)
Mackenzie Davis in Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount/Fox)

The release of Terminator: Dark Fate went about as badly as it could have; indifferent reviews coupled with a substantial loss at the box office.

Despite the involvement of original director James Cameron and jettisoning the events of all the Terminator movies since Judgement Day, it was met with a worldwide shrug.

So it stands to reason that star Mackenzie Davies isn't hoping for a sequel.

She told the NME: “I really loved the movie and I’m so proud of what we did, but there wasn’t a demand for it [at the box office] and to think that there’d be a demand for a seventh film is quite insane. You should just pay attention to what audiences want – and they want new things and I want new things.

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“There are many interesting people that don’t fit the mould of those who make these big franchises who have not had the chance to make movies. We should be investing in them right now.”

The movie ended up making just over $261 million, having cost nearly $200 million to produce, meaning that after marketing and other expenses, it likely lost in the region of $100 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount/Fox)
Terminator: Dark Fate (Credit: Paramount/Fox)

Obviously, this wasn't supposed to happen.

In 2017, it was announced that the then-untitled Dark Fate would be the first of a new trilogy of movies.

Prior to release in October 2019, Cameron even discussed how the following movies would further explore the relationship between human and artificial intelligence.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger also said that Cameron was writing the next two movies, with a view to filming them in early 2020 and a release in 2022.

After Dark Fate hit screens, however, producers Skydance confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it had no plan for any further sequels.

Like Davis, Linda Hamilton, who returned to the franchise to reprise her role as Sarah Connor in Dark Fate, was equally lacking in post-release enthusiasm.

She told People in January this year: “I would be quite happy to never return. So no, I am not hopeful, because I would really love to be done. But if there were something new that really spoke to me, I am a logical person, and I will always consider viable changes.”

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