The Terminator

There’s a scene in one episode of Community where Abed is analyzing a fight amongst the study group in the meta-contextual way only he can. As Abed explains the situation, as he sees it, Jeff cuts in infuriated and says, “Why do you have to take everything that happens to us, and shove it up its own ass?” (Or words to that effect.) That thought came to mind while watching Terminator: Genisys, the third attempt by directors who are not James Cameron, to find a way to continue a story that James Cameron so thoroughly and soundly concluded at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. To its credit, Genisys does it better than either of the previous attempts, but it also proves that the idea is a fool’s errand. (more…)


On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisys will try for the third time in 12 years to take James Cameron’s two-part sci-fi masterpiece The Terminator and Terminator 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…)


To say that fan expectations about the upcoming Terminator: Genisys have been mixed is something of an understatement. Obviously, we want it to be good, we’re hoping to be treated to another kick ass Terminator adventure, but after the two-time TKO of Rise of the Machines and Salvation, anything that has the word Terminator in it, but lacks the involvement of the original film’s co-writer and director James Cameron, is definitely suspect. And that’s probably why for this first Terminator: Genisys featurette, the production invited the King of the World to take a break from authoring the further adventures of Pandora with the Avatar sequels to tell us why he thinks Genysis is good enough. (more…)


Meanwhile, from the movies-no-one-asked-for file comes new comments from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in regards to the latest attempt to reboot a franchise, Terminator: Genesis. The movie, which is slated to begin shooting sometime late next month under the direction of Alan Taylor, has apparently got the man who the first Terminator made a star very excited about the opportunity, and why not, because he probably made a bundle for pledging to return to the franchise even before a single draft of screenplay had been written. Should we take Arnold’s comments to the bank, or will he be one of the few to cash a check on this? Read on… (more…)


I’m not sure who I was expecting to play Kyle Reese in the new Terminator reboot (or whatever) Terminator: Genesis, but Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Boyd Holbrook (Out of the Furnace) wouldn’t make the Top 2. They do however make the production’s Top 2, and I guess that’s all that counts. (more…)


It appears that ages ain’t nothing but a number if you’re a cybernetic killing machine from the future because Arnold Schwarzenegger is spreading the news that we will indeed be back for the fifth entry in The Terminator franchise. Yes, despite the fact that Arnold officially became a senior citizen last summer, he’s apparently more than up to the task to try and kill John Connor, or protect him. Whatever.

The news was broke by The Arnold Fans, who quoted the former Governator from a speech he was making at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit (What?) in Australia. “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star AS the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” Schwarzenegger told the crowd. I assume there was polite applause once it occurred to everyone what it was they just heard.

So does this mean there’s forward momentum on the Terminator 5 front? Possibly. There was the announcement earlier this week that Paramount had picked up distribution rights. Combined with Justin Lin‘s open schedule, as he’s not directing the next installment of The Fast and the Furious and production on Terminator 5 may begin soon rather than later. Shutter Island‘s Laeta Kalogridis and Drive Angry‘s Patrick Lussier are currently in the process of penning the script.

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At the end of last year came news that sibling producers Megan and David Ellison had snatched up the rights to the Terminator franchise. Last week came word that a pair of unlikely screenwriters –  scribe Laeta  Kalogridis and Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier – were hired to pen the script. But of course this a Terminator film, and the question lingers: will the original Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, “be back,” as they say, in Terminator 5?

It was a question put to Schwarzenegger while doing press for his latest film, The Last Stand. Bleeding Cool were the ones who asked it, and while they didn’t have a quote to back up the assertion, Schwarzenegger is reported to have replied in the affirmative. It’s not so much of a surprise really, Ah-nuld was previously attached to a version of T-5 in 2011 when Fast & Furious auteur Justin Lin was going to direct, but since then the actor’s heard as much as the rest of us about the project.

So do you think it’s true? Well, if it wasn’t before it’s pretty likely to now. The Last Stand tanked over the weekend, finishing at the bottom of the Top 10 at the box office. The last time Schwarzenegger took a box office hit that bad, he went screaming back to the Terminator franchise and made Rise of the Machines, right before he launched his political career as Governor of California. When Arnold gets in trouble, he heads back to Terminator country. Expect something official soon.

Source: /Film

It’s been three years since the ho-hum release of Terminator: Salvation, and it’s been almost two years since the rights to the Terminator franchise were bought by Annapurna Pictures. But now it seems that Annapurna is ready to launch their own Terminator film and are currently in development on the untitled Terminator 5.

The Annapurna Twitter feed posted today, “The whole thing goes: The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.” -John Connor, Terminator 2 (news is coming).” But what news is coming? Writer? Director? Arnold Schwarzenegger involvement? We just don’t know. Yet.

On last communique, it was revealed that Justin Lin, director of the last three Fast and the Furious movies was putting together a fifth Terminator, but there’s no word on whether or not he’s involved. It’s probably highly suspect to think that James Cameron still wants a piece of this since Avatar seems to be all he can think about these days. Hopefully McG, director of Salvation, is contemplating retirement.

How about you Bastards? Sound off below and lets us know what you want to see in a Terminator 5.

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After the success of Fast Five, director Justin Lin got handed an offer only a fool wouldn’t take: a chance to direct the next Terminator movie. The chance to sit behind a camera and carry on James Cameron‘s tale of the Robopocalypse. He’d be a fool to not take the gig, right?

Well, it looks like Lin has opted out of the director’s chair in favor of another ride to Diesel town, with Fast Six. Why in da hell would Justin pass on this kind of opportunity?

Well…producer Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s decided to start production on another Terminator flick earlier than expected. They want a flick in 2012 and that doesn’t work for Lin. He’s committed to doing  Fast Six in 2012.

One of the reasons Ellison and Schwarz want production to move fast and furiously (badum tish) is because of legality rights. Typical, boring, legal shit. Goes something a little like this:

“One of the caveats involved in the rights deal with Pacificor (which spent $29.5 million to win the rights in bankruptcy court) is that certain rights revert back to Cameron due to a stipulation in copyright law that if you assign your rights, you get them back in 35 years. Cameron assigned his rights to Hemdale (NOT the black guy from ‘Thor’), and the North American rights will revert back to him in 2018. Even that part of the story has gotten intriguing: While Cameron washed his hands of the Terminator franchise years ago, his close friend Schwarzenegger has dragged him into a brainstorming meeting or two, even though he is not officially involved.”

So, if they can’t get the Terminator back into a theaters before 2018, James Cameron will own the shit outta that cyborg’s organic ass (Again). That and Arnold will no longer be able to fit into his garter belt without a jar of grease and two days prep. Seems fair.

According to Deadline: all that’s been done so far is that Lin, Schwarzenegger, and Ellison have discussed the best way to approach another Terminator movie. They figure “a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet” would be a move in the right direction.

Well it’s a start, but holding out on us for another movie about fucking cars and Vin Diesels pecks!? Men and their cars, I’ll never understand it.

Via: Geek Tyrant

Terminators Are Rude


Learn better manners than an intelligent robot sent from the future to murder Sarah Connor with this helpful video from OneMinuteGalatica. The creators of such fine instructional reels as Indiana Jones Good Tables Manners Can Save Your Life‘ and the Star TrekAnger Management Education Video – Anger is Illogical‘ comes Terminator Rudeness Educational Video – Terminate Rudeness.’

Follow the easy to understand guidelines of how not to be a complete douchebag, like certain A.I. walking computers with penchants for big guns and even bigger sunglasses. Watch below and then click the jump for more helpful Nerdy Instructional Films.

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