After this summer’s lukewarm response to Terminator Salvation, fans began to wonder what could be done to repair the franchise. A fifth Terminator is already in the works, but will it be able to save us from the blunders us its predecessor? IGN recently spoke with director McG about the fourth and fifth installment of the series to let us in on what went wrong, and what he’s learned for the next go around.
McG was brutally honest when he was asked about the mediocre critical and commercial reception of Terminator Salvation.
I think the film missed some of the fun that Jim [Cameron] brought to the early pictures. We wanted to be very, very nose to the grindstone and really establish credibility and it worked in many ways and it was unsuccessful in other ways, because it wasn’t a unanimous world of “(Expletive) yeah, we love Terminator Salvation.” There were plenty of people who kicked us in the ass over it.
When it comes to the fans, the director understands that he may have faltered in his delivery of the fourth film. He stated, “Clearly I didn’t do a good enough job on that picture and I didn’t satisfy the fan base to the degree that I would expect to satisfy them.” I agree with that whole heartily being a die hard Terminator fan myself. Now that he knows where he went wrong the first time around, there’s room for improvement. With the upcoming sequel, McG already has some aces up his sleeve.
“The idea is to play with one of the tried and true rules of the franchise – time travel. And introduce it in this picture. I don’t want to share too much, but let’s just say it’s very, very likely that John Connor is going to end up running through rooms like this where he knows something that none of us know.”
I knew it wouldn’t be too far behind. Time travel always rears it’s ugly head in these films. Will I finally get to see Christian Bale naked in an energy ball? I’ll take that as a consolation for T4. It appears that McG is trying to go back to the root of the series. He’s not James Cameron and he never will be, but at least he’s admitting his faults.
What can be added or changed to make Terminator 5 better than Termiantor Salvation?