Lin reveals checklist for Terminator 5
Justin Lin has been talking about Terminator 5 and what he would like to see in the fifth film, that is if it gets made, and he's very clear up front about what needs to be in place for it to happen, and he opens up about what might be on that checklist.
There are some good things he's saying about the fifth film, and with the recent Fast and Furious Five or Fast Five (Filmstalker review), you might see better why he could be someone who could pull it off.
Apart from the obvious issue of if the studio move forward with it there's one thing that's clear about the film and that's the right team, Justin Lin has said that right up, now who that team could be isn't exactly said, but reading the interview you could be assured that it includes the original Terminator and Sarah Connor.
"This is something that I always have to go to the checklist of reasons to do it, to do any of the film."
"I have my criteria set and if it's not right, I shouldn't make it. I think a lot of the stuff has been very good, we'll see how everything fleshes out on that end too...
...I have a very clear idea because I'm a huge… There's huge part of my life when I was a kid, I love that franchise and I have a very clear idea of what… If they're going to do another one what that would be. And also, I think the other element that's necessary is to really find the right group of people to execute that."
Now that is sounding as though he has his checklist ready and that's that, and the checklist is based on the fact he's a fan of the series and it needs to be met. You have to admire that, and hope that the checklist is what you might be thinking.
One of the things will no doubt be the Terminator:
"...someone like Arnold obviously such… He's so integral to do the franchise..."
However another could well be Sarah Connor herself, even though Terminator: Salvation (Filmstalker review) might have made her character arc go one way, it doesn't mean it's over for her.
"Sarah Connor is such a big part of the franchise, you know. Yeah, I mean I've always been surprised how in part 3 she was just like… It was like one line and she was gone."
So she could be back, and he does hint at just how exactly that could happen.
"But I think the great thing about this franchise is you have… You can actually have different canons because you have the element of time travel. So, there's a way of kind of respecting all the works but also able to create a new time line."
It's a cool interview, and there's plenty about the Fast and the Furious franchise too, but what comes out of these comments that Justin Lin makes about a potential Terminator 5 is that he already has some clear ideas of where it would go, and it does sound like they could go back in time again and sort out some of the franchise wrongs, or even just leave those wrongs in the future and go back to the past, in particular he mentions the themes of the first film and how a return to them is a good thing.
I wonder though, has the franchise really gone back in time and righted any wrongs before? So far they've just been unable to change the past to save the future and the inevitable has always been happening, whatever side has been trying to change the past. Every time they attempt it they always find the future happens. That to me is a theme in itself, and I don't think they've actually managed to show that a change in the past has actually changed the future yet. Would this be the first film to do it?
If Lin makes the fifth film it does sound as though he's keen for some original themes and characters to return, the real question is how to do any of them justice and how to fit them into the story, especially going back into the past when the actors have just gotten older.