Terminator Salvation Producers Clear Up Rumors
The big talk all around the internet this past week was about Christian Bale being cast in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins aka Terminator 4. At first it was just a rumor, but a few confirmations are starting to solidify his involvement. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, and Moritz Borman, the three producers on the film, and got them to clear up a number of rumors. They confirm that Christian Bale is in as John Connor, not the Terminator, and that Connor is the main character, not just a supporting one. They also bring up some interesting details surrounding the other lead character, saying that, "it's questionable if he's an enemy or not."
The guys at EW.com kick it off by asking to clarify the rumor straight up.
"There's a hugely engaged fan base for this mythology. There are over a million fan sites out there. And they've been really waiting for this next installment, so as soon as word got out [that Bale was being considered], everybody started speculating: Is he the Terminator? Is he John Connor? Is it a new role that we haven't seen in the franchise in the past? Where that came from, we're not really sure. But he was always being considered for Connor."
The three go on to also clarify just exactly what Connor's involvement is in the film, considering the rumor that he was just a supporting role.
ANDERSON: John Connor is an ongoing, very central character throughout the next trilogy.
KUBICEK: Exactly. The mythology, really at the root of it, is the birth of the hero. John Connor is this modern-day, messianic figure that is going to lead our franchise forward.
ANDERSON: He's leading the fight for the salvation of humanity against the machines. So he's very important.
So yes, John Connor is the star, and yes, Christian Bale is Connor. As for the rest of the plot, which is what everyone wants to know, this where they begin to tease. "There's gonna be another major co-star with kind of equal presence in this installment." But who is this character? It's not Arnold back as the Terminator, so who is it? "It is a new character introduced in the mythology that's not replacing Arnold [Schwarzenegger]. It's not like he's stepping into Arnold's shoes. It's a completely new character." Is it a Terminator at least? "No, not really. That's one of the big twists…"
Obviously we won't know the full answer to those questions until Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins arrives in theaters in 2009. But Kubicek teases, and confuses, with a bit more: "And it's questionable if he's an enemy or not. That's not necessarily resolved." However, to round things out and finalize the update, Derek Anderson delivers one final statement that definitely gets me excited.
"It's a really interesting time in the franchise because it's where all the fans have always wanted the franchise to go, and it hasn't to date, which is the post-apocalyptic world. It's after judgment day. So because we're in a different time in the mythology, it introduces a whole new set of circumstances and characters."
I've got a good feeling about these three and about the direction Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is heading. You've got Charlie's Angels' McG in the director's chair, Christian Bale in the lead role, and three producers who are very familiar with the mythology and franchise. I don't think you can go too wrong there!