I think it’s safe to say, that many of us are curious to see what McG‘s interpretation of the Terminator series will be like. We know that he has taken a number of risks in making a prequel, as he’s admitted, that there is “not a happy little bow of an ending at all. The ending is tough and requires reflection.” Fans of the series may not be happy if he gets too creative on them. That being said, it looks like McG is feeling pretty confident about his upcoming, mega-blockbuster Terminator: Salvation. In fact, he’s so confident that the question isn’t, “if” he will be doing another Terminator film after this, but “what” the new film will be about.
McG told FilmJournal his thoughts on Terminator 5:
I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011. John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome.
Fucking awesome indeed. Sounds like the man has a lot of ideas, which fits in perfectly for a post-Judgement day trilogy. Although it does leave a natural follow up to this film out. What is this mystery ending? Will is leave us satisfied enough to jump into what seems like an entirely new film?
I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves.
Wait? What year are we talking about? Isn’t the world over it 2011? How does Robert fit in exactly? As I said, the man is not short on ideas or how to utilize the old story to make new plot-lines. He’s just not very clear on how they are all being used.
He also seems to have a strong grip on exactly what he wants and what he expects. He reiterated, as we have heard in the past that he wants this film to have a rough edge to it. As he put it “I didn’t want clean, shiny Logan’s Run Terminators. I wanted Children of Men/Mad Max Terminators.”
He also seems more than understanding about the leak that occurred of Christian Bale’s freak out.
That’s the nature of a movie set. I’ve never made a movie where there weren’t flare-ups. I encouraged an environment of intensity and hotheadedness led by me. I have a bad temper and am very passionate and want that level of intensity to show up onscreen at all times. And I want the best, most intense version of Bale, because that’s what he’s here to do… Movies are designed to only see the finished result.
It seems like McG likes intense action, big emotions, and heaps of story-lines, and that is exactly what we should expect walking into this film and possibly two more. All of this sounds fine and good, but soon we will find out, can he pull it all off? Will we be able to understand the details that he’s gone into?
What do you think? Do you think McG’s upcoming film will blow you away? Are you hoping for a trilogy?
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