If you were at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, then you know the panel and previewed footage for next summer’s Terminator Salvation went over like gangbusters. The film’s director, McG, went out of his way to get approval from not only the hardcore fanbase, but also filmmakers involved with the previous Terminator films

McG name-dropped James Cameron and the late-great Stan Winston quite often during the panel, along with The Dark Knight and its writer Jonathan Nolan, (who incidentally is performing on-set re-writes for Terminator Salvation.)

Now comes word from the Los Angeles Times that McG was also hoping to win the approval of the original Terminator himself–Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, it seems the California “Governator” was less-than-impressed with the Salvation footage he saw:

“I still don’t know how it will play out with this one. They showed me some footage, but I don’t have a feel for the movie. I didn’t see enough. I wasn’t sure who the Terminator was. I don’t know if there is one or if he’s the star or the hero. These are the things that determine the success and how the strong the movie will be.”

One has to wonder if this was the same footage shown during Comic-Con, because I’ve heard nothing but glowing things from the people who saw it – among them Screen Rant big-cheese Vic Holtreman.

Besides praising recent summer tentpoles like Wanted and Step Brothers, Schwarzenegger also adds:

“With Batman and Terminator, those big movies, there’s a certain expectation and if you don’t live up to it, if the movie is not a 10, then the business will be soft. If [‘Salvation’] is pushing it forward, it will be breaking records all the time. If [director McG] has the T4 and the kind of shots that has the audience thinking, ‘Now how did he do that?’ — then it is ‘Terminator’ and you can blow everyone away and every record at the box office.’

I’ll give Arnold that.

Now keep in mind, “Ahnuld” is just stating what we all already know. But still, it’s nice to see him putting in his 2¢.

Terminator Salvation will be released in theaters on May 22, 2009.

Source: The Los Angeles Times