Linda Hamilton Doesn’t Expect to Ever Return as Sarah Connor in Any Future ‘Terminator’ Films

It looks like Sarah Connor is putting down her weapons for good as Linda Hamilton doesn’t expect to ever return for another “Terminator” movie…

Sarah Connor won’t be back.

After “Terminator: Dark Fate” suffered a lackluster showing at the box office, the once popular sci-fi franchise appears to be on life support and that also likely means Linda Hamilton has faced off with the fearsome robots for the last time.

Following a 25 plus year absence from the films, Hamilton returned as Sarah Connor for “Terminator: Dark Fate,” which also had original creator James Cameron back on board as a producer and consultant on the project with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller behind the camera.

While reviews for the movie where overwhelmingly positive, “Terminator: Dark Fate” failed to connect with audiences and the film only pulled in $261 million at the box office. What was originally planned as a trilogy may end up dying as a stand alone film but even if another movie gets made, it’s not likely Hamilton will be part of the cast.

“No,” Hamilton told the Hollywood Reporter when asked if she was optimistic about playing Sarah Connor again. “Something says to me… I don’t know. I would really appreciate maybe a smaller version where so many millions are not at stake. Today’s audience is just so unpredictable. I can’t tell you how many laymen just go, “Well, people don’t go to the movies anymore.” That’s not Hollywood analysis; that just comes out of almost everybody’s mouth.
“It should definitely not be such a high-risk financial venture, but 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.”

Judging by the turnout for “Terminator: Dark Fate,” it’s hard to imagine the studios clamoring to give the franchise another shot, especially after the tepid response to this film.

Hamilton ultimately played the role of Sarah Connor in three films — “The Terminator” in 1984, “T2: Judgment Day” in 1991 and then finally “Terminator: Dark Fate” in 2019. It was a huge moment to see Hamilton return to the iconic role, which many believed along with Cameron coming back would help reinvigorate the franchise that had faltered for several years with a number of disappointing sequels and one abysmal reboot.

Now all signs point to the “Terminator” franchise being slowly lowered into a vat of molten metal after another film failed to perform at the box office. With Hamilton all but signifying her permanent exit from the films and original series star Arnold Schwarzenegger turning 73 this year, another attempt at “The Terminator” would almost certainly have to involve a new cast a few years from now.

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