Terminator News Round Up

There’s a new Terminator that’s coming to theaters next summer, Terminator Genisys (yes, that’s not a misprint, that’s how the title’s being spelled.) And like the joke went for Terminator 2, this will also be a “kinder, gentler” Terminator, because this one’s going to be rated PG-13.

At least that’s what the filmmakers are going for with what’s going to be a prequel. The F-bomb isn’t dropped, although there will certainly be a lot of violence in it. (Terminator: Salvation also got a PG-13 as well.)

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Genisys is not going to be a sequel or a reboot, and co-star Jai Courtney said, “We start in a place we’re familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point.” Terminator Genisys will be released on July 1, 2015.

In other Terminator news, Gale Anne Hurd just spoke to Rolling Stone on the eve of Walking Dead’s fifth season, and she made a surprising comment, that by her estimation The Terminator couldn’t get made today.

Going back to The Terminator today, it still holds up very well, and it’s hard to imagine a producer turning down such a good story, and it was hard to get it made then. “Most people in the industry looked down on genre stuff in a condescending way until the one-two-three punch of 2001, Jaws and Star Wars hit within a decade. And even then, it still took a while.”

The real problem today could be that The Terminator was an original idea, not based on a previous movie or comic book. “30 years later, people want to remake the Terminator movies. If it hadn’t been something people already knew, however – It wouldn’t get made.”

David Konow

David Konow has been a writer for far too long. He has written for Deadline, Indiewire, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Wrap, Tom's Games, and many others. He has also authored three books: Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and Reel Terror (St Martins).


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