McG Talks Terminator Salvation Ending & Trilogy Potential

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:20 pm,

MTV had the opportunity to speak with Terminator Salvation director, McG, about the new ending of the film and the possibility of a sequel (or two).

The conclusion of this fourth installment in the Terminator franchise has been a long-running issue for the filmmakers and studio executives. It started when an early leak revealed the controversial big-twist ending of the movie which made the people behind the film very displeased. As a result, the ending was completely re-done to avoid rampant spoilers.

The new ending is reportedly structured to be wide-open and sets up a story arc that can be used for the second Terminator trilogy. While hoping for a successful opening of the movie come May 21st, McG had this to say about the franchise:

“If we have good fortune we have indeed planned out two more ‘Terminator’ pictures… There’s an arc of story [in the new sequels].”

“The ending is indeed elliptical… And it challenges the audience. It’s not a happy little bow of an ending at all. The ending is tough and requires reflection, and in some degrees it bifurcates the audience. You walk back to the car and one person thinks it means this, and the other person thinks it means that.”

He explains that the ending points to Terminator 5, a movie we can almost expect will be green-lit in a matter of months – Terminator Salvation will no doubt bring in big numbers at the box office next month.

terminator 2 robert patrick McG Talks Terminator Salvation Ending & Trilogy PotentialAs for what we know about the Terminator 5 story, McG had the idea for the plot of the fifth installment to include a character played by Robert Patrick (who portrayed the infamous T-1000 unit from Terminator 2) – He would be an older scientist who’s working on a cure for juvenile diabetes and his work leads into the creation of the T-1000 Terminator unit based on him.

McG talks with Patrick regularly and recently, Patrick revealed his interest in participating in another Terminator installment while displaying his love and respect for the franchise and what it’s meant for him in life and in his career.

It’s a fantastic way to keep tying the new movies into the old ones – the more of that the better! We already know Linda Hamilton will be narrating the film as Sarah Connor and there’s still a chance we may see Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation one way or another.

Not having seen Salvation, do you think there should be a full second trilogy in the Terminator franchise?

Terminator Salvation opens May 21, 2009 and I’ll be there.

Source: MTV

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  1. Last I saw of Cameron she was showing a little too much Endo,,, :-)

  2. Summer Glau has singlehandedly revived the Terminator franchise with her role as Cameron. It would be fitting if she played a big part of T5 and T6. You can easily incorporate her character in the movies especially with the changing timelines!

  3. She’s not a great actress but I definitely liked her in the show. I just don’t know if I would like her in the movie. That’s a little risky.

  4. The way things are going Tony you might get your wish.

    Although I think that would only completely ruin the integrity of the franchise but its almost ruined anyway…

  5. Well, technically it was already ruined 6 years ago, but that’s a different topic… lol

    The only reason the last few episode of that show was good was because they were killing everyone off. The second season was very disappointing in my opinion. And now it looks like it’s cancelled. Oh well, it could have been interesting to see a resistence under different leadership than John Connor. Watch it succeed faster than before, John would feel like crap, lol.

  6. Oh you didn’t like T3 kim Jong? Whata shocker ? ;-P
    I felt it went down hill after I saw who they cast as Sarah Connor for the tv show.
    The pilot episode also contradicted the parameters of the time machine canon based on what Reese explained in Terminator…

  7. I saw T4 today and I loved it. It’s much better than Star Trek. I believe T4 is much better put together than T3.

  8. Let’s begin with a sweeping generalization which I will hopefully later explain,


    The Terminator in 1984 was an excellent if low’ish budget movie and a massive success, and why?, the special effects were very good for the time but not awesome, it was basically just a chase movie so why did it work?. “The idea” “The idea” “The idea” Jim Cameron had a great idea it’s that simple.

    Terminator 2 again a massive success why it was just another chase movie, massive budget and hugely improved special effects, but that wasn’t the key to it’s success. Again it was the “idea” Cameron again had a brilliant “idea”, turn the scenario on it’s head a bit having the big Austrian protect the central protagonist and not trying to destroy him. A real stroke of genius that worked perfectly.

    Terminator 3 really failed on exactly the same premise. No new idea, no spark, Typical hollywood money machine fodder. “Let’s take the best bits of the previous two and it’ll work”. Well as we all know it just didn’t.

    So where could the franchise go but into the post judgement day era, and it really should have worked in mixing the terminator franchise with a Mad Max world. I really enjoyed Salvation but not on any other level than a pretty good action movie, I had no intention of writing a blog about it were it not for the rumours I am already hearing on the web. I just didn’t feel opinionated enough to add my 50 cents to the cloud of noise but now I have to.

    So it seems evident already that Salvation will make a profit, will do well at the box office, well enough to justify a 5th chapter, but already and in no small part because the film has not terminated everything else at the box office there is shear panic about what chapter 5 should be.

    When Mr charlies angels was recruited to deliver terminator 4, I was of the same mind as many that this guy isn’t up to the job, but let’s look at where McG has shown the mythology great respect.

    T600 rubber skin check !
    HK’s check
    Kyle learning how to tie off his shotgun to himself (really subtle nod to the original)
    The Sarah tapes, photo and redheaded wife of connor, chech, check and check !
    Action, chase sequences and lots of explosions check.
    The Connor scar (ok a bit of a clumsy “look, look we expain that too” moment)

    Ok he’s made mistakes, the brilliant cgi Arnie just wasn’t that brilliant, destroyed city vista’s are great but not if they are flanked by obviously 50 yr old forests (paint them out in post, you lazy fool, if concrete doesn’t survive a nuclear blast neither does timber). The marcus character was a bit of a weak idea, but overall it was far better than chapter 3 in the franchise but not a batman begin’s reboot moment.

    The news on Terminator 5 is truely terrifying. A time travelling john Conner, Hk’s travelling through time, Robert Patrick as a scientist obviously designing the t-1000 (Alien 3 anyone?). If even one of these rumours hold’s any water what it tells me is the money men are saying…

    “T4 isn’t going to make us a boat load of cash PANNNICCCC, copy the old films, bring in the people from the old films, travel through time, do anything to make it rock”

    Any respect for the timeline of the original trilogy that was shown in T4 would be terminated, trampled over and crushed underfoot worse than any damage to the poxy little T.V series cash in “Sarah Connor Chronicles” ever did.

    Show some balls McG stick to your gun’s progress the franchise in the post judgement day era, do no capitulate to money driven fools who wish to patronise the audience with “you just want a robot chasing someone in present day L.A really don’t you, ok we’ll go back to that formulae”