The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the upcoming sci-fi sequel Terminator: Dark Fate‘s post-production has made another big step with the hiring of blockbuster-musician Tom Hokenborg, aka Junkie XL, (Deadpool) to compose the score for the film.
Holkenborg has composed the score for a number of major blockbusters including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mortal Engines, Alita: Battle Angel and the upcoming live-action adaptation of the video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog.
“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” Holkenborg said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”
Though not much is yet known about the film, it will see the return of key members of the series’ early entries. Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to make another appearance as the titular android with a license to kill. Linda Hamilton—who played protagonist Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)—will reprise her role for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Cameron, the writer and director of the same two entries as well as Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) is also returning as a producer of the forthcoming film.
Terminator: Dark Fate has no shortage of new faces, however. Tim Miller, who is best known for directing Deadpool is stepping behind the camera for the film. Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will share the screen with Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage) and Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
It appears likely that Paramount and Skydance hope the return of Cameron and Hamilton in their respective roles will reinvigorate the franchise, which has struggled of late. Its most recent entry Terminator: Genisys (2015) had a domestic box office take of just $89 million. This is the worst box office performance in the series since the modest original film. Terminator: Genisys—a soft reboot of the franchise which starred Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese—received mixed reviews. It remains to be seen whether Terminator: Dark Fate will trigger a change in the wind for the franchise, or continue the previous film’s downward trend.