While Terminator: Salvation was supposed to be a new start for the Terminator film franchise, the 2009 film was not well received well by critics and moviegoers. Now it’s Terminator: Genesis‘ turn. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been so important to the Terminator brand, and since he’s returning for Genesis, Schwarzenegger recently talked to Collider about the scope of the new film.
Apparently, Terminator: Genesis will be closer to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in terms of action and tone, than to Terminator: Salvation. Schwarzenegger says:
Terminator is going to have the exact same feel. The way it reads, it has the same feel of Terminator 2. It’s big. There’s hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top. It’s not a Thor type of movie, even though it’s the same director (referring to Alan Taylor).
While it’s unclear if the Genesis will receive an R rating or PG-13 from the MPAA, Judgment Day was one of the first modern hardcore action movies that was marketed to kids, and which featured a young teenager as one of its main protagonists (Edward Furlong as young John Connor). In the current state of the industry, it seems unlikely that a would-be summer blockbuster will go for an R rating, so it’s hard to imagine Terminator: Genesis being too “hardcore” when it comes to bullets and blood.
Schwarzenegger also added that production on Terminator: Genesis — which is apparently still a working title — will begin at the end of April in New Orleans, Louisiana. The production has been busy casting the film’s key roles and supporting cast of late, including Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Kyle Reese, and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as adult John Connor. It’s unclear how Terminator: Genesis will fit into the overall film franchise, but it’s believed time travel and alternate timelines will play heavily into the story. We should be hearing more about the film’s cast and plot before the film goes into production.
Screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) wrote the film’s screenplay, and the pair will also serve as executive producers on the new Terminator TV series. Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) will write episodes for the show, which will tie directly into the film trilogy. Stentz and Miller will also most likely be the series’ showrunners. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) will direct the Genesis for Skydance Productions and Paramount Pictures.
Terminator: Genesis hits theaters everywhere on July 1, 2015.