McG beginning Terminator 5
First of all, can I just point out to McG I don't mind your name, and can you stop using it as an excuse about why people might not like your Terminator 4 or the films before? You know they may just not like it, and I had my fair share of issues with it, none of which were your name.
Now, that's out of the way, McG has been complaining that we (or rather geeks or fan boys as the other sites like to call the audience) don't like his name again, and he's been saying that he's started work on his sequel to Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review), Terminator 5. What's more he's talking about it being current day again.
You know I will be confused if the film leaps to modern day, but then like Star Trek (Filmstalker review), he's managed to weave his way out of the strict plot lines that have been created and develop something he can have some freedom with, and you have to recognise how clever that is.
Also, to get the name thing out of the way, he's not just going on about his name although that's the way AICN portray it. When you look through at the source comments from IESB you get a slightly different story, although he's still going on about his name!
When asked about the criticism he receives, McG said:
"No, I listen to everything. It's interesting because a lot of people don't like me, but a lot of people just don't like my name. I can't take that too seriously because that's been my name my whole life. It's not something that I prescribed myself. So, I just gotta roll forward and, hopefully, have the films do the talking."
Exactly, well put, and you did that and I for one criticised it. Give him his dues though, he comes back pretty strong and says some really positive things. I am impressed with the guy, and his films are definitely getting better.
"You take your lumps, if they don't like it, and you enjoy it a lot more when they do. We've all been on every side of that, and what can you do, but figure out what you did right and what you did wrong, look at it a little more closely, study the people that you look up to, and continue to evolve as a storyteller."
Okay that's out of the way, can we talk about Terminator 5 now? Interestingly it's already been hinted at that the story might come back to our time. Here's what he said before:
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 (expletive removed) awesome. 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.
Well in this article he's reiterating that idea, although he's pulling back from it to give him the option to go either way.
"...it's terribly exciting to get back out there and show a different face of that idea, and perhaps get out of the apocalyptic world and into a contemporary world. I think the audience is going to be very excited about our way in. I haven't talked to anybody about that yet. You're the first one."
First one? Wait a minute, who said that big quote above from back in May? Oh yeah, some bloke called McG!
Okay, put foot in mouth to the side along with the name issues and let's talk about that idea for a bit. In the next film we're going to see John Connor come across another big base of Terminators and, like he said quite some time back, head back in time to warn the troops that an army of Terminators and their ships have come from the future to wipe them out.
I have to admit to quite liking that idea which is just going to seem like Terminator 1 and 2 piled together with the Hollywood requirements of "more" and "bigger".