Let's take a look at some recent announcements and rumors from the Terminator reboot/sequel.
Nearly 30 years ago, the world of action and sci-fi merged together in a unique blend of time travel and robotic awesomeness that we know today as The Terminator. Catapulting Arnold Schwarzenegger into super-stardom and kicking off one of the most beloved movie franchises of it’s time. This was followed in 1991 by one of the best received sequels ever created, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
This was unfortunately followed by the very mediocre Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which is undoubtedly the low point of the series. T3 was so poorly received by fans in fact, that when the TV series (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) started, their first move was to erase it from continuity. The most recent foray into the world of Skynet and the Connor family was Terminator: Salvation, which elicited mixed reviews with many considering it to be another weak point in the franchise.
The newest film in the franchise has been officially titled Terminator: Genesis, and will be directed by Alan Taylor, who recently brought us the fantastic Thor: The Dark World, as well as a number of Game of Thrones episodes. Taylor discussed his take on the film, citing the same respect for the franchise that Christopher Nolan brought with him to Batman Begins, which is arguably the most successful and well-received reboot in recent history. He spoke with /Film when rumors first sprung up regarding his attachment to the film:
We all love the first two and I actually went back and watched them again and my respect level only went up. I think there is another famous franchise that had a wonderful beginning and then turned a little bananas….Tim Burton’s first Batman is just glorious and by the time it got around to nipples on costumes and all that stuff it sort of lost its way. And for [Christopher] Nolan to come in and say ‘I respect this material so much I’m going to take it up to *here,* that’s a great inspiration.’ I think any version, whoever is directing Terminator, would be very respectful and serve the first two and probably feel a bit more freedom by the end.
The funny thing is, those [first] two films could not be more different than each other. The first one was more of a low-budget horror movie, while the second one was more an amazingly well-produced, glossy thriller with a sci-fi concept. They were both so successful, so there’s certain things you learn from them. If you’re going to try and enter the franchise, you better try to come in at that level. Also, it’s a challenging thing, because what they have in mind is a reboot but not an entirely different way of thinking.
A reboot that keeps the core of what made the first two films great is certainly an interesting idea, especially considering the one actor who is actually officially attached to the project. Having played the iconic T-800 Terminator robot – who has both hunted and protected the eventual leader of the human resistance John Connor – throughout all 4 movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger was quick to sign on to the film in its earliest stages of development. His return to the franchise (his appearance on Terminator: Salvation was CG) reinforces Taylor’s own statements about respecting the first two films while taking the franchise in a new direction.
While the plot of the film is still unknown, due to recent casting announcements we know two main characters will be returning. Rumors first sprung up regarding the character of Sarah Connor, who has previously been played by Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now) were connected to the role, with recent reports claiming Emilia Clarke in the lead.
UPDATE: Emilia Clarke has been officially added to the cast of Terminator:Genesis as Sarah Connor.
Possibly joining her will be Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Chicago Code) as John Connor, who is allegedly in talks for the role. No other names have been mentioned regarding the role, which has been previously filled by Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl, Thomas Dekker, and Christian Bale. While Jason Clarke would more than likely make a great John Connor, we will have to wait for official confirmation before we can start seeing him in the role.
With a title announced and the rumor mill starting to turn, it is only a matter of time before we see some announcements coming from the film. As long time fans of the series we can certainly get excited at the potential of a well-done addition to the franchise, and with a new Terminator TV show in the works to expand the Terminator universe, the next few years should be full of robotic mayhem and plenty of “I’ll be back” moments.
What do you think of the developing Terminator: Genesis? Have you given up on the franchise or are you excited to see another installment? Think Arnold is past his Terminator days or can’t wait to see him in the shades and leathers? Let us know in the comments section below!