McG Talks About His Plans for Terminator 5 & 20,000 Leagues
Coming out of this summer, I'm not sure McG will be a director most people are excited to see more from, but he might be able to redeem himself. McG talked with both IGN and RadioFree recently and opened up about his plans for both Terminator 5 and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which are both in active development. "I'm prepping 20,000 Leagues every day, but I'm concurrently prepping Terminator 5--you know, another Terminator picture. So we're cooking that up. And then I'm very active in Spring Awakening also, the musical. So we'll see. But my focus right now is really pushing forward 20,000 Leagues."
As far as I know (even though I liked Terminator Salvation), most people don't really care about the next Terminator sequel, since the last one wasn't really a highlight of the summer. But as a teaser to potentially get a few of you excited about what that next installment might have in store, here's what McG hints at. "So the idea is to play with one of the tried and true rules of the franchise – time travel – and introduce it in this picture. I don't want to share too much, but let's just say it's very, very likely that John Connor is going to end up running through rooms like this where he knows something that none of us know. And I think that is a platform for great storytelling." Some might argue that last point, but I'd love to see some time travel.
And as for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, we've heard a lot about it recently, including that Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace is doing a big rewrite. McG promises that there "will be a great deal of action, because I mean, let's face it, the guy is an adventurer. And I think that's the intention of Verne… The idea is getting up and then going around the world, living under sea, doing what no one does. And it's the spirit of the adventure that I want to capture." Whether or not that will actually pan out the way McG wants it to, that is yet to be seen, but I'm actually excited to see his take on this, especially after Terminator Salvation.
Lastly, one little rumor (or a bit of speculation) to chew on for the next few months. At one point previous, McG let slip that he wanted Will Smith to play Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues. But since that probably won't happen, how about Sam Worthington instead? "Look out for Clash of the Titans because Clash is going to be really good – I've seen some of that. Now he's doing The Tourist with Charlize [Theron]. He's all over the place, and I might cast him as Nemo if it's in the cards. We'll see." I might be down for that, what about you? Head over to IGN or RadioFree for the complete interviews or stay tuned here for updates.