McG talking Terminator V already
While sites are reporting that McG would love Robert Patrick to make an appearance in a future Terminator film and even has a possible idea of how to pull him into the storyline as a human, I find myself wondering something different, something a bit bigger for the future of Terminator.
Will McG be directing the next Terminator film? From the way he's talking he will be, if this film is a hit of course, and that he'll be bringing Christian Bale with him.
We had heard back in December last year that talks were beginning on a fifth in the series and McG had said that early production work was under way, despite still working on Terminator Salvation. However I did come out with a caveat at that time, just to calm everyone down. It all depends how successful this film is and how keen we are for a sequel.
Going by the pre-release hype that we're already seeing and the comments coming from fans and sites, I'm thinking that the studio will be pressing ahead with a Terminator V right now, after all there's a lot of pre-production work to be done, especially on such a big franchise with such a complicated storyline with a very strong fan base.
Speaking over at Cinematical, McG reveals that he's been talking to Robert Patrick about the idea of appearing in a future Terminator film, perhaps not even the fifth one. Patrick, you will remember, played the T-1000, the liquid Terminator, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
“I like the idea in a prospective next picture that you meet Robert Patrick the way he looks today, and he's a scientist that's working on improving cell replication so we can stay healthier and we can cure juvenile diabetes and all these things that once again sound like good ideas -- and once again live as an idealized expression of ourselves. So imagine seeing a sixty-year-old Robert Patrick and knowing, 'Holy shit! That's gonna be the T-1000 – who comes back perfect, lean and the whole thing.' I haven't concluded that, but Robert and I had dinner the other night and talked about it. I made two movies with Robert Patrick, so I like him very much. And now he's very heavily into motorcycle riding. He's a really serious guy.”
Nice idea, but will it work?
The T-1000 is a shape-shifter. It's made of a metallic alloy that allows it to change its shape at a moments notice and mimic something completely, although we only really ever see it being a human in the first film, and when it first appears it appears in the form of Robert Patrick.
Now I'm not totally hot on the mythology, but isn't there something about the fact that no inorganic material can travel through time, hence no clothes on arrival? Of course that raises the question of why the Terminator skeletons get through, but they are covered by organic skin. Oh I'm not sure, but it does nag me that there's a reason why it appears in human form, and that's the same reason they can't take weapons or clothes.
So would that mean that we'd have to see the T-1000 created and take the form of the future Patrick scientist character, make itself younger, and then travel back in time? It's sounding a little convoluted, but it could work.
I do actually like the idea of revisiting the models in the earlier films and seeing their development in the future, and the fact that in the future they would have to battle a complete army of these Terminator models rather than just the one sent back to the past each time. That could lead to plenty of new ideas, and keep that connection with the past too.
My head is now going crazy with ideas, but we would need to see the next film made first, and in order for that to happen McG is right, we need to see the first one succeed with the audience, or at least return a profit.
“Let Memorial Day come. If we all get together and sit at a table like this and you guys give me a kick in the ass and say, 'Go make another one,' I'll deliver Bale and we'll get it done.”
Well Bale is already there McG, are you? Will you be directing the next Terminator film? Will there be a homage to the T-1000 and would you want all that?