Terminator: Genesis starts filming, plus some cast updates

Filming has commenced on Terminator: Genesis. Skydance Productions posted the attached image of the film’s first slate to their Facebook page today.

Speaking of which, there have been some casting updates since I last wrote about this film a few weeks ago.

Sandrine Holt, who has a recurring role on House of Cards, is set to play someone named Detective Cheung, “who arrests Kyle and Sarah when they arrive in 2017.”

In the timeline of the first four films, Kyle Reese died in 1984 and Sarah Connor died in the late 1990s, and everyone who traveled through time did so by going to the past. So it looks like this film will do something that has so far happened only in the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and pluck some of its characters out of their existing continuity and have them travel into the future.

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J.K. Simmons is playing a what in Terminator: Genesis?

The latest bit of casting news for Terminator: Genesis — the working title for the fifth film in the cyborg-assassin-from-the-future series — has me confused.

The Hollywood Reporter says J.K. Simmons is in talks to play “a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).”

So, wait, in the timeline of this movie, it’s at least 2014 — maybe 2015, which is when the film comes out — and the war with the machines hasn’t even started yet?

To recap: In the timeline of the first two films, Judgment Day took place in 1997, but by the end of the second film, Sarah Connor and her son were able to prevent the nuclear bombs from flying — at least in that year. Then, in the third film, Judgment Day took place in 2004 — this time thanks to a computer-virus-spreading Terminator that came back in time from the 2030s to make sure the war happened.

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Terminator update: casting news and a change in producers

It’s been a while since I last posted any news here about the new Terminator films, so here’s my catch-up post.

As of last week, the most recent bit of news is that Megan Ellison, the producer who got this next round of films started in the first place, has pretty much detached herself from the franchise and left it in the hands of her brother David, who has more experience making big-budget popcorn fare.

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Saints, Sinners, and Salvation

The Terminator franchise — including the new Terminator Salvation — is full of religious imagery, much of it ultimately embracing hope for mankind.

Whenever people ask me what my favorite Christmas movie is, I tell them it’s The Terminator — and I’m only half-joking.

The film, which celebrates its 25th anniversary later this year, is not exactly a religious movie or even a holiday movie on any obvious level. It’s an R-rated sci-fi action film with plenty of violence, a fair bit of profanity, and a sex scene that was standard fare for modestly-priced B-movies of that time. And yet, there is something about the storyline, written by director James Cameron, that has always brought the Nativity to mind.

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