McG Already Leaking Early Story Details on Terminator 5?
You'd think that with his highly anticipated reboot of a beloved franchise due out in theaters in just a few more weeks and showing for the first time to press in LA later this week (myself included), that McG might want to focus solely on the movie at hand and leave out sequel speculation for a future time and date. But nope, he's already talking about Terminator 5, for better or worse. McG was interviewed by Film Journal (via The Playlist) last week and after talking about Terminator Salvation, he revealed some very interesting story ideas for the sequel, which was already officially announced by Halcyon in December last year.
We'll just let McG explain, because I don't need to waste time introducing story details we all know. In fact, you'll see the setup on May 21st, when Terminator Salvation hits theaters. Here's what he had to say:
"I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011," McG reveals. "John Connor is going to travel back in time and he's going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending SkyNet invasion."
"They've figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than one naked entity. So you're going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome. I also think he's going to meet a scientist that's going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves."
Nice F-bomb, McG. That does sound pretty awesome, no doubt. But after Terminator Salvation, won't we want to see the storyline set in 2018 continue? Or is there some mystery ending where everyone dies that we don't know about yet? This isn't the first time McG has dropped hints about Robert Patrick - he previously expressed interest in him via some interviews back in March. As for the new storyline he mentions, however, this is the first time I've heard of it. It's hard to say much without having seen Salvation, but my first thought is that it won't matter if it's 2011, because the world was destroyed by that time anyway, right?
Here's the thing, what I'm actually most excited for with Terminator Salvation (on top of some kick ass action) are the possibilities that it will open up in terms of exploring the Terminator concept and timeline in depth. For example, the idea about time travel and sending different machines/humans from different times back and forth is quite confusing and exciting at the same time. I'd love to see this explored further, but at the same time, I'm fond of the futuristic setting and don't want to see a sequel set before 2018. Let's hope that McG's idea is only early speculation and not the actual storyline the writers have come up with.