Remember last week when we heard about a pitch for the next Terminator movie, the one that Justin Lin is directing with Arnold Schwarzenegger set to star? The word was that there was some plan to reunite the original cast, which presumably means those playing key characters in James Cameron’s two films: Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong, possibly a few others. It turns out that’s not the plan.
“No. I don’t know where that came from,” Lin said in an interview with MTV News. “Everything has just been between me and Arnold, you know? Just us going out and trying to find the right partners. I have certain elements, but it’s never been about, ‘Hey, let’s bring everybody back!’ I just don’t process that way.”
“To me, thematically, there are certain things that I want to see in a Terminator movie. A lot of that does draw back to creating this timeline that is an extension, closer tonally to the first and second movies. But to me, it’s not as mathematical as, ‘Hey, let’s get everybody back together and we’ll shoot the movie.'”
So much for those fleeting hopes of being able to love the Terminator franchise again. Talk about abuse. James Cameron’s initial two movies were excellent, among the very best works of science fiction released in the past 30 years. The two follow-ups fell far short and the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which had always been decent, got canceled just as it was starting to really get great.
Lin’s take could turn out to be great, no question. I’m frankly not even sure that Terminator fans know what they want to see from the franchise anymore, but he says he’s got a great take on the story that hasn’t been done yet. He also says he doesn’t feel constrained to stick to the established timeline.
Why don’t you tell us what you think? Is there some consensus on what elements are necessary to make a good Terminator movie? Is it simply that Rise of the Machines and Salvation were flat-out not good movies, or do you think the issue extends deeper than that?