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McG Thinks He's Still Directing Two More Terminator Movies?

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December 6, 2009
Source: Gizmodo

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If you haven't heard this yet, the entire Terminator franchise is being sold off by the Halcyon Company sometime in the next few months. Deadline Hollywood published this statement from Halcyon: "Over the past few weeks Halcyon and its professionals have engaged in in-depth discussions and negotiations with numerous serious potential buyers, including several major movie studios." Despite this pending sale, Terminator Salvation director McG thinks he's still directing the fifth and sixth Terminator movies. McG recently participated in a Blu-Ray Live commentary and Gizmodo (via ComingSoon) liveblogged all of it.

Here are the key moments: "He just announced that he's making another Terminator movie. Seriously." "Oh and for those people who are punching themselves in the face that he's making another one? He said he's making one after that." "And now McG is being coy about making another one? I don't get it." "And now he's talking about a second or third movie again." They don't provide any exact quotes unfortunately, but it sounds like he at least thinks he'll be back for more. I'm sure he has a contract with Warner Bros or Halcyon that says he's directing the next two, but won't that be thrown out once this sells to someone else?

If you didn't know, Terminator Salvation is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD (for those brave enough to spend money on it). I didn't hate the movie like most people, so I bought it, but I don't know if it's selling too well. And if all of that didn't frustrate you, here are some other tidbits McG mentioned: "He says Sarah Connor is going to be in the next film, but he's not sure how he's going to pull that off." Oh and this: "Holy shit. He just said he thought he could make a better movie than #1 or #2." Now that's funny! Anyway, I don't actually know if McG has a contract that says he'll be back no matter what, but I think most people are assuming that if Halcyon does sell this franchise, he won't remain attached. He can be rehired, but I doubt that'll happen.

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Reader Feedback - 49 Comments

1

is it weird that i liked this movie?

Yekim on Dec 6, 2009

2

McG is a shit director...plain and simple. Unless you actually liked the charlies angels trash. I dont understand why he was even considered in the first place, this disappoints me but if he is in for the next 2 movies I know not to waste my time with this practically dead franchise.

Cody on Dec 6, 2009

3

If he said he thinks he can make a better movie than either of Cameron's genre classics, I would imagine he was joking. At least I hope so! If not, the man is clearly completely lacking in self-awareness. I didn't hate T4 at all. Bale's one-note, shouty performance grated a bit, and Worthington's accent wandered back and forth between American and Australian (hope he's sorted that for Avatar), but judged purely on its own merits I thought it was a solid enough sci-fi picture with good FX. Just a bit soulless compared to Big Jim's movies.

Phoenix on Dec 6, 2009

4

loved this movie, the rest of you can suck it

Brian Barajas on Dec 6, 2009

5

Terminator Salvation was great...however it needed more character development, and I'd like to give McG a chance at another Terminator, Bale really didn't give the best perfromance ever but I felt that he was holding back, the script fell apart in the dialogue area, But the story, the effects, and acting were all good. Give him a chance.

Xerxex on Dec 6, 2009

6

Yikes. As a Jim Cameron fan, I don't think McG should have even been considered. After seeing his work, that has been confirmed. Transformers 2 showed us all what sci-fi with extra cheese can do. Damage a franchise. McG needs to direct some more music videos.

Andrew on Dec 6, 2009

7

i honestly dont know what people expected with T4...it was exactly what a real fan should have expected, the first part in a future storyline where the rest of everything was to be explained in the second and third movie...people expect too much now in days, thats why decent/good movies get bashed even though they aren't really bad...

ME on Dec 6, 2009

8

#5 Yes, the script was the main area that needed more work. The only real problem I can foresee with a sequel is if McG goes ahead with his lunk-headed idea to do a time travel story set in London. One of the few good things about T4 was the fact that they took a risk and focused on an era in the timeline that we hadn't seen before. After its relative failure, if he tucks his tail between his legs and just does a retread of a story we've seen three times already, just set in a different country, that would be a great shame. I say ignore the box office and do more with the future war, or don't bother to make any more Terminator films at all.

Phoenix on Dec 6, 2009

9

I'm a fan of the Terminator series and I actually really liked Salvation. It's far superior to Rise of the Machines and no where near as poorly edited and written as Transformers 2.

JF on Dec 6, 2009

10

still, making another terminator is like shooting a dead dog

samuel j on Dec 6, 2009

11

#4 why so angry? everyone is aloud to have and share their own opinion

samuel j on Dec 6, 2009

12

McG is so full of himself and that's why he is blinded when making movies. He doesn't know what's good or bad and obviously thinks his movies are great. what a dope.

jake the snake on Dec 6, 2009

13

Salvation was alot better movie then I thought it was going to be. It had its good moments and bad moments like any movie but over all was better then people give credit for. CGI Arnold was alittle much though

D on Dec 6, 2009

14

I was disappointed with Salvation but there were some good moments, very few. Although I think there is still much potential with the Terminator franchise, McG needs to step aside for someone else for the sake of the franchise.

TediusTed on Dec 6, 2009

15

I'm sure McG will have 200 billboards that say "McG" on them to make sure people know he made the movie. FUCK HIM. and get a real name you fuckin clown.

AK on Dec 6, 2009

16

i had much hope for salvation... everything looked good leading up to it, and then you watched it. Now it wasn't a bad movie but it was not on the level that the series deserved, and the blame for that seems to be on McG. If he makes more i don't see them being much better

Janny on Dec 6, 2009

17

It's a fact that the only real Terminator films where the ones that James Cameron made. McG (I still laugh at the so called name) is delusional.

d1rEct on Dec 6, 2009

18

I put McG in the same boat as Brett Ratner: Someone who at one time had promise and has since thrown it away with poor decision making. This franchise may need more than a reboot. It may need to be shelved forever. However, if it was me, I'd restart the whole thing. Except this time I'd run parallel storylines with the past and present in the first film, showing both irony and backstory of the past and future. I'd also make the first film end with this in mind: No matter how hard you try and change the past, it cannot be done---Thereby causing the Terminators after successfully killing Connor in the past have to rethink their whole strategy. This could propel the films into a different storyline altogether. Maybe even take it into space. Who knows. Just change it up, and quit hiring directors like McG and John Mostow (Terminator 3) to direct a franchise that started as well as this one did (Than again, it was Cameron's original concept). Good luck McG. Go back to Charlie's Angels dude. Take on something no one cares about. Maybe do a "Care Bears" live action film?

Quanah on Dec 6, 2009

19

It's not that better. But McG don't have the ability to make somethiong better than T:S, he'äs not enough of a director to do anything better than that which had good intentions but was half-assed in a way.

ryderup on Dec 6, 2009

20

T:S was a better movie than transformers 2... but not as impressive as the trailers for Percy Jackson, Right Alex? It wasn't a bad movie, people just don't like McG because he is so damn Cocky. You don't want him to do another terminator? start a petition. If not, just let the guy finish his vision on the franchise, which if it doesn't work, it will we "remade" or "re-imagined" like like batman and hulk in a couple of years. Someone is bound at some point to make something with the Terminator franchise that will make everyone happy, everyone just need to be a little patient.

Almartva on Dec 6, 2009

21

Maybe Michael Bay can do the next one, he'll make it successful, money-wise. Than T6 can have "The Good Storylines" by someone qualified to direct.

Jason on Dec 7, 2009

22

to me Sam Worthington stole the show from Bale he keep his batman voice what the...

Jason on Dec 7, 2009

23

@ 1 & 4 i'm with you guys i liked terminator salvation it was alot better than i thought it would be people slag the director off saying "it's not terminator film unless james cameron directed it."that's proper bullshit,the best star wars film the fucking empire strikes back wasn't even directed by george lucas the four lucas did make only one was a fucking classic the other three had their moments.i'm looking forward to the next two films.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Dec 7, 2009

24

"it's not terminator film unless james cameron directed it."that's proper bullshit,the best star wars film the fucking empire strikes back wasn't even directed by george lucas" Not the same thing. Geroge Lucas was a creative producer on that series. I bet that if Cameron was producing closely and, lets say, Fincher directed it would be similiar.

ryderup on Dec 7, 2009

25

the Cinema version of Terminator salvation suck bad, but the Directors cut of the DVD was not bad i enjoyed it more.

Cineprog on Dec 7, 2009

26

as much people dont like McG including me but Terminator Salvation was better than Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. the problem with Terminator Salvation is McG talks too much promising people all these things and it never happens. - Warner Bros became major pussy by letting the director to direct the movie R-Rated and they changed their mind to a PG-13 movie thats a big problem, imagine the edit and cutting of the movie. - why WB hire John Brancato and Michael Ferris to write Terminator Salvation the first place these are the same guys who wrote Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Catwoman LOL. - Sam Worthington was a good character in the movie but why he keep on switching accent in the movie the director or someone should of notice that. - that little girl whos mute in the movie is the only person who can sense a giant Terminator coming (really McG) - Kyle Reese saying he cant drive but his driving in the movie LOL - Moon Bloodgood getting naked was nothing special how cutting that scene make the movie a PG-13. - Christian Bale and his Batman voice LOL i personally dont his coming back to do another movie. if he does people will but in a uproar big time.

tazz on Dec 7, 2009

27

Comparing Terminator:Salvation to Transformers 2 is like comparing a bucket of puke to a puddle of diarrhea. They're both so completely repellent that anyone possessing any common sense wants nothing to do with either of them.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Dec 7, 2009

28

Please. God. No.

bozo on Dec 7, 2009

29

People give T4 shit mostly because they don't like McG. Who cares if he did silly Charlies Angels movies in the past.What was he supposed to pass up on that opportunity for.. what else? T4 was a great movie Im kinda sick of people trashing McG .. T4 shows he is a great action director and more. It wasn't a perfect movie but I think McG has taken criticism really well and will improve on the weak spots of T4 in future movies.

Kyle on Dec 7, 2009

30

@29: On the contrary, I feel I've given McG a fair shot. After not really liking the first Charlie's Angels movie, I passed on the second one; but I put that on the story and the stars' performances. Then I saw We Are Marshall and thought it could've been better but it wasn't too bad. When I heard he was doing a Terminator movie, I went in hoping for a great movie. I looked at it as an event movie; and went with a group of buddies, on opening day. We were all very disappointed, with the outcome. It seemed obvious that McG didn't have the best handle, on this material. We did feel that he is probably better suited to being the director of an effects unit. The effects shots all looked good; but they lacked any connection to the drama, of the story. If he does continue, with the franchise then that's good for him. His first try was completely uninteresting, which is the kiss of death, for an action film series. So, there you go. I'm not giving the guy or his film a hard time; I'm just giving an honest reaction, from a disappointed movie fan.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Dec 7, 2009

31

#29: Uh, everyone I know hated it, plus is sorta killed off the franchise in the process, so yeah, it sucked.

Movie Fan on Dec 7, 2009

32

I cant believe people didnt like that movie, I thought it was incredible. The Marcus character was great, the old homages, and Arnold!! How can you not say holy shit to that

Jack n Jill on Dec 7, 2009

33

you people complain about everything, you're not happy unless they put the same old dumbshit actors like Shia Labutfuk and Ryan Reynolds and Megan Fox in a movie and follow the same old stupid recipe. This movie kicked ass, screw you nut lickers.

Mr. Pocket on Dec 7, 2009

34

Wow #33 ^^^ really? Yeah since T1 and T2 totally had lebeouf reynolds and fox in it right? No we have opinions, the people your referring to are the masses and they dont post on a trusted movie site because they dont care that much about cinema. We didnt like the movie because it was a horrible chapter in the franchise and it practically killed it off. You sound like more of a sheep than the people your talking about. Also Ryan reynolds was your stereotypical movie actor I mean not Cruise or Statham or something?

Cody on Dec 7, 2009

35

I think that all the posts in favor of McG-i-nator have been put up, by the same 14 year-old kid posting under different names.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Dec 7, 2009

36

I liked the movie but McG is a douche.

Fisherr on Dec 7, 2009

37

People hate McG because he's a terrible director. And how could anyone call themselves a Terminator fan and like Terminator Salvation? The entire film spits in the face of the fans and shits all over Cameron's epics. You don't need three movies to tell the story of the future war, and speaking of which, where was the war in Salvation? $200 million and all we got were a small handful of poorly-constructed Terminators and a confused human being? Terminator Salvation is truly one of the worst films ever made. A misguided attempt at stepping into big shoes and driving this broken franchise off the nearest cliff. What makes me laugh is that Tropic Thunder is effectively a parody of this film, and it came out a year earlier....

Don't Call Me Shirley! on Dec 7, 2009

38

Terminator: Salvation > Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines The movie didn't suck, but if you think the sun shines out of James Cameron's ass, then I can see why you might have thought it did.

Frank N. Stein on Dec 7, 2009

39

#37 hardly one of the worst movie ever made, ever seen Showtime?

Xerxex on Dec 7, 2009

40

Im glad Im not the first to admit I actually enjoyed this movie, It wasn't perfect, but better then 3, in my opinion. Yes Mcg or whatever is a douche, and he is capable of fucking this franchise up, but as long as he promises not to do any more Arnold I say give him a shot...

Topher on Dec 7, 2009

41

"McGinty" is delusional and I'm glad Bale exploded on the set because it was far more entertaining listening to that than watching Terminator: Salvation.

"David Webb" on Dec 7, 2009

42

Everyone who says it was better than T3.................... GET A JOB

sMITHY on Dec 8, 2009

43

I am seriously going to laugh at all of you when the all mighty James camerrons "Dances with wolves"-in space comes out, (aka AVATAR) and you guys are actually going to stand by and say it was the best movie ever. Ha, salvation was an excellent addition to the terminator franchise, i loved it. they really did alot of research and fit all the storyline together in salvation. Apparently judging by what people have said i have come to the conclusion that alot of people go to the movies high as a kite and cant cope with having to follow actual storyline, hence the reason why Transformers 2 was "the bestmovie ever." " ooooo pretty splosions!" Mcg maybe cocky, but he did a damn good job of making a movie while being cocky. anybody remember the first cut of Abyss it never even explained what the alienswere doing til they made an extended cut. directors get better in time, it doesn,t happen over night.

Xero on Dec 8, 2009

44

@43 - And lots of people are going to laugh at you when McG's next piece of crap movie comes out and you're back here saying it's another well-scripted, coherent, well-acted masterpiece like T:S.

"David Webb" on Dec 8, 2009

45

Xero directors cut means they show the full movie, not the edited for theaters version you dope. You are almost as dumb as McG.

JakeTheSnake on Dec 8, 2009

46

please god, NO!

RobOhh on Dec 8, 2009

47

Why all the disrespect for James Cameron? He made two of the greatest science-fiction films of all time. T3 and TS were both poorly constructed, hacked fan-made sequels that can hardly be classed as canon, with Salvation being worse. Xero, if you had a brain you'd realised how awfully constructed the script is for Salvation. It's filled with inconsistencies, no real plot, just tiny little situations strung together in an idiotic fashion and terrible Transformers influences, the latter which shouldn't be influenced at all. There is no motivation, there is no story. The film is a huge NOTHING. None of the characters changed, nobody realised anything. And to top it off - No future war. It was Mad Max finds Children of Men beyond Blade Runner. It's more unoriginal than Doomsday. The reason the last two sequels have failed in the Terminator series is because the film-makers do not respect the source material. They all simply wanted money and appeal to the lowest common denominator. All the talk about the so-called 'topless scene' and classing the Terminator films as something completely opposite to cerebral (the first two films are cerebral movies) shows Mcg's pathetic, naive thinking pattern. All that talk has simply damaged and cheapened the reputation that this franchise once had.

Don't Call Me Shirley! on Dec 9, 2009

48

Everyone has an opinion about McG, well guess what I like him. He's cool and he knows what's he is doing. As of this franchise, I still like it despite what people say, Salvation was awesome and I stand by it. Anyway it's only a film, just enjoy it. Gee lighten up.

Todd on Jan 22, 2010

49

T4 was awesome. As a solid fan of the franchise and especially T1 and T2, I believe T4 was a valid addition to the franchise. T3 was a joke, which caused irrefutable damage to the storylines of the James Cameron films - what the fuck was the cheesy jokes. T4 is most certainly in line with the first two but has to take a few things up the arse because of T3. If you go back to footage of the future from T1 and T2 JC (John Connor not Jesus Christ - think about it) and Kyle Reese are always much older. Obviously things get a lot worse! So anyone contesting these aspects of the film as flaws should fuck themselves. Anyone pick up the terminator scratching Connors face in T4 obviously to line up with the future scene in T2 where a scare is down the side of his face - That kind of detail was awesome in T4. Id challenge anyone to pick a plot flaw without rewatching the first one. McG has done an awesome job with this movie. To those who think only Cameron can should direct these films take a look at fucking AVATAR a cross between Aliens and the animated film Ferngully: The Last Rainforest what a piece of shit. It was like watching George Lucas digitally insert Hayden Christiansen into Return of the Jedi. Oh and if you think McG is over the top what about Cameron's bullshit "I'm the King of the world" speech when Titanic won Best Picture. Don't get me wrong I love 80s Cameron but that was 25+ years ago. Go hard McG and do some more.

Rob on Dec 29, 2010

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