Terminator: Dark Fate producer James Cameron says he wouldn’t have returned to the franchise without Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron and Schwarzenegger first teamed up back in 1984 on the original Terminator, the film that launched Cameron on his career as an action filmmaker, and also helped Schwarzenegger solidify his standing as a 1980s movie icon.
In 1991, Schwarzenegger and Cameron would re-team for the blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and would come together a third time for the 1994 action film True Lies. After that, the Terminator franchise would continue without Cameron’s direct involvement, though Schwarzenegger would come back for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Genisys (he made only a brief appearance in Terminator Salvation via use of CGI). Cameron meanwhile would become one of the world’s biggest directors thanks to his massive hits Titanic and Avatar. Now, with the Terminatorfranchise getting ready for its latest reboot, Cameron is officially back onboard and so too is Schwarzenegger, with Tim Miller in the director’s chair.