Haven't had your fill of Terminator movies, TV, and everything else lately? Or are you just sad about the downhill dive Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has taken this season? Either way, there's more Terminator on the way, in the form of a fifth movie. That's right, the movie after next May's Terminator: Salvation has already been greenlit.
While talking up Terminator: Salvation last night, director McG wouldn't disclose whether or not those rumors about Ahnold making a cameo appearance were true. But when asked whether or not there would be some kind of "recap" of the first three movies in the new one, McG did reveal that they're "still trying to figure out what to do." No need to hurry or anything, McProcrastinator, what with just four months to go till the premiere. One option they're looking into, though, is having Sarah Connor open the movie with a voiceover. He didn't specify whether this would be the Linda Hamilton version from the first two movies or the Lena Headey version from the TV show, or some other option entirely. Here are a few reasons why the movie needs the Hamilton option.
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McG speaks! The inaugural post in the Terminator: Salvation blog has been posted, along with an artist's conception of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles where the film is set. The artwork is far from intriguing, except to note it features the latest indignity perpetrated on the Capitol Records building. It always seems like, whenever the cinematic Apocalypse shows up, the Four Horsemen make a beeline for the Capitol Records building. Those Four Dudes may be upset with their record deals, but Terminator fans are far more upset that a fourth installment of the series is being mounted without its creator or stars. The Terminator without Ah-nold or tough as nails "Seer-uh Conn-uh" is not a Terminator movie, no matter who they cast in the lead.
The backstory of the Terminator film franchise is filled with enough time-jumps to drown a McFly and will not be recapped here, but the quality of its installments can be summarized by each film's robot antagonist. The classic, relentless T-800 hunted Sarah Connor in the enduring original Terminator. The cold, shiny T-1000 shape-shifted through the sleek and stylish Judgment Day. And the cleavage-enhanced, mixed-bag hybrid T-X did whatever she did in the muddled mess that was Rise of the Machines. So what does it say that the primary robot foes in the newest installment, Terminator: Salvation, are shuffling, outdated T-600s that are constantly shooting at things and wear shreds of clothing and skin in a failed attempt to look human? Probably nothing good.
McG is certainly an unusual person. I wrote "insane" in big letters in my notebook, and underlined it, but I think it is actually enthusiasm. Anyway, he helmed the most rip-roaring panel that I attended this weekend at Comic-Con. He was in the biggest room, with a hugely critical crowd presenting eight minutes of his take on the Terminator franchise just days after the Christian Bale rant leaked out all over the internet and basically made it look like an out of control set. But McG strutted out in front of the masses who had waited hours on line to see this panel (OK, and Watchmen too) and right out of the gate started talking about why he wanted to make this movie, and when a bit of feedback interrupted his tale and an audience member shouted, "that's fucking unprofessional," he laughed it off, and said simply, "I'm good." At least this wild and unpredictable director who riled the crowd by calling Christian Bale at home via cell phone (Bale's wife answered and told McG he was crazy... he readily agreed), plucked a member of the audience out to ask his question on stage simply because he was wearing a Cyberdyne T-shirt and him screaming to the projectionist that the trailer had "better be loud" got this girl in the mood to see how Skynet takes over the world.
Filming for Terminator Salvation is about half complete. Optimism has been cautiously building for this film since Christian Bale signed on late last year, and the impressive cast just keeps growing with additions like Josh Brolin and Helena Bonham Carter, along with rising star Sam Worthington. The main thing that's been keeping some franchise fans (myself included) from looking forward to this one with abandon is its director. Here's a guy who reimagined Charlie's Angels as an action-filled cheese-fest of fun, then followed it up with a sequel that was an action-filled snooze-fest of noise. Bigger and louder seemed to be the order of the day. Even with the well-received We Are Marshall now under his directorial belt, McG still wasn't winning a lot of converts. That may start to change, now, thanks to McG's own words, as written in the movie's official blog.