TERMINATOR ZERO: Netflix Unveils First Official Look At New Anime Series

TERMINATOR ZERO: Netflix Unveils First Official Look At New Anime Series TERMINATOR ZERO: Netflix Unveils First Official Look At New Anime Series

It might be a (long) while before we see another Terminator live-action movie, but the classic sci-fi franchise is set to continue in anime form...

By MarkCassidy - May 18, 2024 10:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Television
Source: Via Anime Mojo

Despite decent reviews, the last Terminator movie, Dark Fate, was the latest instalment in the franchise to underperform at the box office, and it will probably be a very long time before we see the war against the machines continue on the big screen.

While the saga may be taking a (possibly permanent) break in live-action, a new 8-episode Netflix anime series titled Terminator Zero is on the way, and is set to premiere on August 29.

If that date sounds familiar, we were told that the Judgment Day event occurred on August 29, 1997 in the movies.

The streamer (via EW) has debuted the first official promo images for the show, which will take the classic sci-fi franchise in a completely new direction by moving the story to Tokyo, Japan, and, for the first time, shifting away from Sarah and John Connor, who have (together or separately) featured in all previous Terminator movies.

Showrunner and executive producer Mattson Tomlin (The Batman - Part II) explains the decision to switch focus to a whole new set of characters.

“I think that it’s time to go into new characters and not burden myself with another John and Sarah Connor saga. There's been a run at that a couple of different times," Tomlin says. "There are a lot of callbacks to the other films. Fans who really know the movies are going to be doing the Leo meme from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but it's not going to be as direct as John Connor walks in, because John Connor does not walk in."

Tomlin does make it clear that the show will not be a complete reboot, however.“We're not going to pretend that the third movie didn't happen. We're not going to pretend that the sixth movie didn't happen.”

Tomlin also notes that he plans on taking Terminator back to its horror roots.

"There's a completely valid version of the Terminator franchise where the Terminator is synonymous with Jason [Voorhees] and Freddy [Krueger], where he is this unrelenting serial killer," he explains. "There's a little bit of Friday the 13th in here. There's a little bit of Michael Myers [from Halloween] in here."

The official synopsis reads:

“2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity. Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.”

Check out the images at the link below.

All episodes of Terminator Zero drop Thursday, August 29, at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT on Netflix. Are you looking forward to this series? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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