Terminator update: tweaked title, new actor

terminatorgenesis-genisysTwo quick Terminator updates.

First: for a while now, word around the campfire has been that the new Terminator movie will be called Terminator: Genesis, in keeping with the franchise’s penchant for quasi-biblical titles such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator Salvation.

Well, a photo posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger on his Facebook page today sort of confirms this rumour, but with a twist: instead of “Genesis”, the word used in the movie’s working title is “Genisys”. For some reason this reminds me of how the company responsible for the simian flu in the last two Planet of the Apes movies was called Gen Sys. Does it refer to Cyberdyne’s successor, perhaps?

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Terminator update: new set photos, and a casting update

See that photo to the right?

It’s a picture — one of several published by the Daily Mail today — of Jai Courtenay playing Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke playing Sarah Connor in the new Terminator movie. It is, in other words, a picture of John Connor’s parents.

And the first thing I find myself thinking is that either Courtenay is too big to be Kyle, or Clarke is too small to be Sarah. These characters weren’t this different in height in the original film, were they?

Well, if Google is to be believed, the Kyle actors are almost identical in height — Michael Biehn is 1.83m and Courtenay is 1.85m — while the Sarah actors are a bit more different, with Linda Hamilton’s 1.68m beating Clarke’s 1.57m. So a gap of 15cm in the original film has nearly doubled to become a gap of 28cm in the new film. (That’s a leap from about 6 inches to 11 inches, for those on the American system.)

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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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Terminator update: an aging cyborg and a grown-up boy

So this is what it’s come to for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Austrian bodybuilder-turned-actor, who was one of the biggest stars in the world roughly 20 years ago, is now starring in a movie (Sabotage) that won’t even get a theatrical release in Canada when it opens in the United States this week.

Fortunately, for him, the sci-fi franchise that kicked his career into high gear is still around, and still wants him. And this week, Schwarzenegger explained how it is possible that an actor who was 36 the first time he played a cyborg from the future can still play a product of the robot assembly line at the ripe old age of 66.

Speaking to MTV, he said: “The way that the character is written, it’s a machine underneath. It’s this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator’s flesh ages, just like any other human being’s flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages. Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800 model and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie.”

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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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