Following the revelation of the surprise -- and, it turns out, controversial -- change to Sarah Connor's backstory in Terminator: Genisys, Entertainment Weekly returns with a more in-depth look behind the scenes of the $170 million reboot, along with portraits of the cast.
If you're still cringing from the news that Sarah was raised from age 9 by Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800, whom she calls "Pops," don't worry: This article doesn't contain any details that top that one. In fact, it mostly confirms what we already knew -- that Genisys will essentially be a remix of the 1984 original "that feels familiar but also tweaks audience expectations." (With the Sarah Connor twist, filmmakers can probably consider the audience tweaked.)
“It’s like going on tour again if you’re Pink Floyd — the audience always wants to hear some of the old songs,” Doctor Who alum Matt Smith tells EW. "There are enough nods to the past that people will feel satisfied.”
Also, the budding romance between Sarah (Emilia Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is characterized as "the emotional heart" of the film, while the threat posed by Skynet is adapted for the times.
“Skynet no longer has to break down our front door, because we line up in front of Apple stores to invite it in,” producer David Ellison says. “We’re constantly giving away our privacy.”
Directed by Alan Taylor, Terminator: Genisys also stars Jason Clarke. It opens July 1.