Over the last few years, and as a result of increased competition, the film industry has suffered. Although popular titles such as Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King have produced record-breaking numbers, for the most part – and other franchises such as John Wick have had success – the market is currently struggling. Following the advancements made to modern-day technology, one of the key reasons for the decreased interest in the film industry is down to the vast number of movies that are currently being produced. The sector is, at present, becoming oversaturated.
As we approach the latter stages of 2019, however, several titles are set to hit our screens that could prove to be massive hits across the world. With that being said, we’re going to take a look at the upcoming James Cameron production, Terminator: Dark Fate, and consider how successful the franchise’s latest release is likely to be, while also taking a look at the wider trend of film reboots throughout the last decade.
The Role of James Cameron
Over the last 35 years, the Terminator franchise has continued to grow, with five films being released since the very first title back in 1984. Much like the upcoming Terminator film, the first two instalments in the franchise were both produced by the Canadian-born James Cameron. The 64-year-old film producer has worked on many projects throughout his career but is widely regarded as having found major success through his directing and writing of the early Terminator films.
Throughout 2017, Cameron did numerous interviews in which he stated that he wanted to revive the Terminator franchise through making a full trilogy of new films. However, it’s also being touted that the producer is viewing Dark Fate as the third of his own personal trilogy within the franchise. Following his involvement in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the films that proceeded those were not produced by Cameron and thus, his return for Dark Fate will be the third film where he has been instrumental to production.
The return of Cameron to the franchise is likely to be central to the latest instalment reaching heightened levels of success within the currently troubled industry. Moreover, regarding Cameron viewing the film as the third in a trilogy, the upcoming release is set to ignore everything that happened since Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which is likely to prove hugely popular with fans of the franchise following the disappointment of Terminator: Genisys in 2015. With Cameron once again taking control of production, and with stars such as Linda Hamilton also returning to the franchise, there is a real possibility that Dark Fate could reach immense heights upon release.
The Wider Trend of Film Reboots
While many contemporary film releases have struggled to achieve critical acclaim in what is undoubtedly a troubled period for the industry, many direct film reboots and remakes that have occurred throughout the last decade have proved incredibly popular among film fans. As briefly mentioned earlier, despite being originally released in 1994, the 2019 reboot of Disney’s The Lion King has enjoyed worldwide success following its release earlier in the year.
Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated film acts a microcosm of the current state of the film industry. Although new movies are being produced at a rapid rate, modern-day audiences are becoming increasingly immersed in the reproduction of classic titles and contemporary reboots such as Dumbo.
The reproduction of the 1993 science fiction adventure film, Jurassic Park, reaffirms consumer desire to see further redevelopments among 80s and 90s releases. 22 years after Jurassic Park, producers opted to reboot the film series and later released Jurassic World in 2015. Upon its release, the modern-day title broke numerous records, including the highest-grossing weekend of all time with $524.4 million. While the reboot of the 90s franchise reached record-breaking heights in the film industry, the influence of the original release has stretched far wider than ever imaginable.
In 2020, an animated spin-off of Jurassic Park is set to air on Netflix, while the title is also being used within various other industries to increase consumer interaction. Betway Casino offers a Jurassic Park slot game, along with other film-inspired opportunities including Book of Oz, Lara Croft Temples and Tombs and Tarzan. The introduction of film classics into the online casino world perfectly demonstrates how influential and popular the Jurassic Park brand has become following its release many years ago.
Can Terminator: Dark Fate be a Success?
It is undeniably apparent that reboots of 80s and 90s classics are proving immensely popular in the current film industry, and with that being said, along with the return of James Cameron to the franchise, there is a real prospect of Dark Fate being a global success. Moreover, with some of the franchise’s original stars returning to their old acting roles, the upcoming 2019 release has the potential to recapture the success of the earlier Terminator films.