Terminator: Genesis teases details
Terminator: Genesis has really started to tease the fans and not just with casting but with an idea of how it is going to connect with the original films.
One of my big fears about the film was how it was if it was going to simply tell the story from the beginning with a new, younger and PG-13 friendly cast. A cast that could replace Arnie and save on cost as well as give the producers a chance at continuing the franchise beyond his legacy of the role.
Now I'm wondering if that's not what they're doing and in fact they've found a way to deliver a new twist on the Terminator story line.
The talent in Terminator: Genesis makes for an interesting cast list, and one that does have you wondering if this is one of those bad idea, handover to a younger cast, casts.
Directed by Alan Taylor, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Jai Courtney, Dayo Okeniji, J.K. Simmons, Sandrine Holt, and Aaron Williamson, a bodybuilder who has revealed he's set to take a role as a Terminator. Now there's even news through the BBC that Matt Smith is set to play a character close to John Connor.
Other characters set to return are John Connor, Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese and the obvious return of the Terminator. Despite this going back to the beginning the timeline looks to be a little skewed as we're going to be meeting the son of Miles Dyson, the man who originally invented the neural net processor that was behind the artificial intelligence of the Terminator machines. His character first appeared in Terminator 2: Judgement Day and when he realised what he was going to bring about, even if it was inadvertently, he put things right.
Strange then that we're going to see his son appear, but that's Terminator isn't it? Playing with the timelines but never totally rewriting them.
That's where the good news of this latest rumour comes in because it sounds like they're doing the same thing. There's not going to be a complete Hollywood reboot or a ignoring the original, here we're going back to the original and bringing the new ones with us.
In describing a scene for Terminator: Genesis HitFix through JoBlo reveal an interesting viewpoint that the film will take, for it combines a scene from the original film with the new film. Here's what the article says:
There is a scene in the script where, literally, we see the scene from the first TERMINATOR film where Arnold steps out, the punks threaten him, he rips Bill Paxton's heart out and takes his clothes and wanders off. And as soon as that scene ends, another Arnold Schwarzenegger who is older and beared and a very different version of the Terminator walks in from the side and plays another scene right at the scene of that first incident.
Okay, ignore the mistake in the character name, we all make mistakes now and again especially when there's so much to write about, but instead concentrate on what it's telling us.
We're going to see the classic Terminator scene play out and then the camera will pull away to reveal our new scene taking place. While that sounds cool it does suggest that this new timeline is going to weave around the original.
The question there is will the new film feel the need to tamper with the original timeline or will their events skirt around the existing story taking place on the outskirts and not affecting it? Will they end up doing the Hollywood teen-friendly restart or will they stay true to the originals in both spirit and story? I have to admit right now, with word of this scene, I'm intrigued and definitely hopeful, is that misplaced?