McG Clears Up Numerous Terminator Salvation Rumors
Warner Brothers has been touring a special presentation for Terminator Salvation over the past few days. It started in New York City (where McG's response to Michael Bay's quote came from) and ended tonight in Los Angeles. Unfortunately I missed the presentation, but numerous other websites caught it. That meant they were all able to drill McG about a few things that had been mentioned at previous presentations and clarify a few other issues that have popped up, including that Linda Hamilton rumor. For the sake of making sure all of the fans are up to date, I've decide to compile a few of these updates.
» Regarding that Linda Hamilton rumor, about her either showing up or providing her voice for an intro, McG mentions that they are looking to get her for a voiceover. "We're in the business of doing that right now," McG told SciFi. "So we'll see what happens. She seems to be very supportive of the film, I look forward to showing it to her in about a week or so."
» Regarding the questions brought up by the announcement that Danny Elfman would be scoring the film, McG said they would incorporate Brad Fiedel's iconic theme. "We use a great deal of Brad Fiedel's original theme. See, I love it," he said. In the original announcement, Elfman mentioned that he wasn't sure whether they would use it at first.
» Regarding any Arnold Schwarzenegger rumors that continue to come up, apparently McG was still resistant to addressing questions about his appearance in the film. However, he did say that he's planning to screen the film for the California Governor in order to get his blessing. I'm sure we'll hear more about that once it happens.
» Regarding the running time, McG told Collider that he expects it to be around 2 hours and 10 minutes.
» Regarding visual effects, and upping the ante just as Terminator 2 did in its day and age, McG said that his biggest challenges with the effects on this are "to create a photo-realistic character that doesn't exist in real life… To not know where practical ends and effect begins. It's never been done. And we'll see if we can do it. I'm going to ILM in a couple days to see if they've done it."
It's actually quite a relief to see these updates. It's never good when a big rumor hits that escalates over time because it never gets debunked or confirmed. Thankfully McG has addressed all of the most important ones. Believe it or not, I think McG is actually a great director with a lot of passion. He doesn't seem afraid of addressing fans but also really wants to please them too, which is an attribute of other great directors like Zack Snyder and Kevin Smith. Thanks to both SciFi and Collider for covering the presentation and providing us with these. Stay tuned for plenty more on Terminator Salvation over the next few months.