On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisyswill try for the third time in 12 years to take James Cameron’s two-part sci-fi masterpieceThe TerminatorandTerminator 2: Judgment Day, and make a new, balls-to-the-wall summer action franchise out of it. The Terminator is a seminal work that served as one of the primary the inspirations for the cyberpunk movement, and without which other great films of the era like RoboCop, and The Matrix might not exist. T2 took the story, visual effects, and Cameron’s own directorial ambitions to the next level, while still being stylistically and substantively in line with the original. It remains an example that strongly argues that a sequel can surpass the original in creative and commercial goals.
Cameron said the story was done so far as he was concerned at the end of Judgment Day, and while a lot of series filmmakers change with every film, with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation, something else changed: Terminator was not the movie series it could have been, or should have been. Did the Terminator series flounder because James Cameron moved on to different things? Were the talents of the filmmakers subsequent to Cameron just not up to his caliber on even a basic level? Or did Cameron’s departure mark something more fundamental? Have all those other writers, producers and directors lost touch with what kind of movie The Terminator really is? (more…)
Recently, when Christian Bale was asked how he initially felt when he heard about Ben Affleck taking over the role of Batman, he admitted that he harbored some serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). That’s understandable, as Bale turned in a terrific performance in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy (despite the mixed reaction about the gravely voice), and being a method actor, he must have invested a lot of emotionally charged energy into the role of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. (more…)
As previously reported, sibling film producers Megan Ellison and David Ellison announced late last year their intention to team-up to make a fifth Terminatormovie. Well, one good team-up deserves another, I guess. It’s been announced that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis and filmmaker Patrick Lussier will be putting their heads together to generate a new script.
Both writers are accomplished in their own, unique ways. Kalogridis wrote the pilots for Birds of Prey and the Bionic Woman remake, the screenplays for Alexander, Shutter Island, and James Cameron’s Battle Angel, and served as an executive producer on Avatar. Lussier, meanwhile, began as a film editor (for Wes Craven particularly) before graduating to directing the Dracula 2000 films, the My Bloody Valentine remake, and the exploitation-themed Drive Angry, which he also co-wrote. Currently, Lussier is developing Halloween III.
So what do we know about the storyline? Uh… Well, back when Justin Lin and Chris Morgan were on the project, directing and writing respectively, they intended their film to be a sequel to Terminator Salvation. Since then there’s been talk of a reboot, but a deal for that pitch was never picked up by the studio. The only thing we do know is that Megan Ellison has promised that the rating will be R, story details are, as they say, in the ether.
Still, the teaming up of Kalogridis and Lussier is, at least, interesting. I’d like to hear what they come up with before I’ll completely write-off going back to the Terminator well, but we’ll see…
The internet once again shows me that they are amazing people out there with skills with Photoshop and ideas while my skills with MS Paint makes me look like a lint licker. Cracked.com recently held a contest for users to make propaganda posters from the universe of their favorite films. From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, people bust some sweet looking posters and I could totally see these around in their respected movie-verse. There are a quite a few to look at so check after the jump to see if one of your favorite movies is on there. (more…)
Warner Home Video has released a brand new deleted scene from the upcoming Terminator SalvationDVD, which hits the shelves along with the Blu-ray edition on December 1. Click the video above to watch this deleted scene that features actress Moon Bloodgod topless. As many of you know this scene was cut because it was going to push the films rating from PG-13 to an R. All I gotta say is WTF?!?!? This is what all the hubbub was about, SIDE BOOB!! This is actually a beautiful scene that it my opinion is not sexual in context, it didn’t even give me half a stock. The MPAA is a fucking joke!