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Director Tim Miller Weighs in On Terminator: Dark Fate’s Box Office Failure

November 22, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Terminator: Dark Fate

One of the biggest failures of the year at the box office is Terminator: Dark Fate, and director Tim Miller has now discussed the film’s performance. Miller, who also directed Deadpool, spoke with THR for a new interview discussing the movie.

Dark Fate was intended to kickstart a potential new trilogy and featured the return of James Cameron as a producer. However, the film fell apart at the box office with just $235.1 million so far against a $190 million budget plus marketing. It is projected to lose over $100 million for its studios. Highlights from Miller are below:

On why the film failed financially: “I’m sure we could write a book on why it didn’t work. I’m still not sure and I’m processing, but I’m very proud of the movie. The things they seemed to hate the most about the movie, were things I can’t control. I can’t control you didn’t like Genysis or you felt betrayed by Terminator 4. I can’t help that.”

On his creative battles with Cameron and Skydance’s David Ellison: “Even though Jim is a producer and David Ellison is a producer and they technically have final cut and ultimate power, my name is still on it as director. Even if I’m going to lose the fight … I still feel this obligation to fight because that is what the director is supposed to do. Fight for the movie.”

On if he’ll work with Cameron again: “I can say no, but it has nothing to do with whatever trauma I have from the experience. It’s more that I just don’t want to be in a situation again where I don’t have the control to do what I think is right … I just got an email last week from Jim, who said, ‘I know we clashed a little bit. I put it all down to two strong, creative people with differences of opinion and I think it made the movie better. I’ll be back in L.A. in December. Let’s go get a beer.'”