Terminator 5 Will Involve Time Travel. Again.

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

terminator salvation3 Terminator 5 Will Involve Time Travel. Again.

We’re now less than a month away from the release of Terminator Salvation, the latest installment in one of the most successful sci-fi franchises of all time. Fans are gearing themselves up for an explosive time at the theater, expecting plenty of bang for their buck, and I’m sure the final product won’t let them down.

The finishing touches are just being put onto Terminator Salvation right about now and yet director McG is already looking ahead to the inevitable sequel. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that there most likely will be a sequel – with the amount of money Salvation is sure to make (can you really see it flopping?) I can’t see there not being one. However, with a sequel in mind, what does McG see it involving? Well, he’s let his thoughts on that very subject be known.

[WARNING: the following could be considered SPOILERIFIC since it hints at how Salvation may end]:

“I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011… John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the [sic] militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be f***ing awesome. I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves.”

This comes from a conversation between McG and director of the first two Terminator flicks, James Cameron, as they met to discuss the fourth in the franchise.

Wow, what I wouldn’t have given to have gotten in on that dialogue!…

McG is a director who I think gets more of a bad rap than he deserves. Sure, he directed Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, but he’s not directed nearly enough films to label him the atrocious director that some have been so quick to call him in the past (for example, the first Charlie’s Angels was a lot of fun… c’mon, just admit it…). However, I may just be willing to lend my ear to those many avid Mcg-naysayers when he says he wants time-travel to be a plot-point of T5.

Why? Haven’t we been there and done that? All three of the first movies involved people (well… robots…) getting sent back in time to complete a mission, so I really don’t see the need for doing pretty much the same thing again. We have been teased with the idea of the actual war between man and machine for decades now, and when we finally get Salvation which (hopefully) showcases that in all it’s glory, they’re just going to revert back to more of what we’ve seen before with the fifth movie?

Seems like a poor idea to me…

When it comes down to it, I trust McG with Terminator. From all of the many, many things we’ve seen so far (such as trailers, posters, images, info  and so forth) it really does look like a heck of a lot of fun at the very least, and perhaps it will even be at the same level as the first or second movie (I don’t know if it will quite make that cut, but you never know…). It looks like he’s giving us the all-out war-centric Terminator movie we’ve been yearning for, and so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his time-traveling plans for the next movie.

I just hope he can completely eradicate that doubt when the time comes…

So what is your opinion about a Terminator movie possibly involving time-travel again? Should they do it because it’s in tune with what we’ve seen with the first three? Or should they now set it exclusively in the future?

For all of what was said by McG, including his thoughts on the franchise up until this point, you can go to FilmJournal.

Terminator Salvation is set to open on May 21st in the US, and June 3rd in the UK this year.

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  1. Sounds like a very poor fan made script to me .

  2. >@DAVID GUIVANT, it was explained in(Terminator) that Skynet >couldn’t locate Sarah Connor’s exact location because the >nuclear war. (Made things a bit messy)
    >Therefore finding records of her parents wasn’t an option

    Umm a Terminator just has to travel back in time to BEFORE Judgement Day and then find some way to communicate that information to the future Skynet. I think the continual sending of Terminators back in time is lame. Remember in the very first Terminator the time travel machinery was supposed to be destroyed so how did they come back in T2, T3? That was never explained in the movies :(

  3. @Zach
    when did they say the time travel machine was destroyed? i don’t remember that.

  4. honestly,once you have seen the movie cuz it is out now i think they r going in the direction of how john starts to become the real leaded and how everyone starts to work for him and they will and should start time travel in t5 and how him and kyle resse become close

    • cool

  5. What we know . . .

    Salvation introduced the war which didn’t appear to be as bad as portrayed in the flashbacks of T1 and T2. T-600′s are the main killers in the movie and there were no laser guns (as previously seen in the flashbacks of the first two movies). Kyle Reese and Conner meet for the first time and the T-800′s have just went into production.

    Knowing this and hearing that there will supposedly be two more installments to this franchise, this is how I think it should go.

    T-5 deemed as Terminator: The fall of man – The war gets worse due to advancements and mass production of the T-800′s and there firearms that parallel the scenes of the flashbacks we all know so well. The introduction of “laser” guns to the resistance and the difficulties of spotting the terminators due to the advanced human resemblance such as the flashback from T-1 when Kyle was telling Sarah about the future and she was dreaming about it. Just as in Salvation the resistance, now becoming worn down due to Skynets robotic advancements, will intercept the blueprints for time travel unit that Skynet has created alongside the mission objective for the T-800 that will be sent back, to kill Sarah Conner. In an attempt to create there own time traveling unit they realize that certain parts needed for the unit are manufactured only in the many Skynet bases around the world. The climactic scene being that Conner and Reese go to one of the bases to retrieve this part. While in Skynets base, Reese finds information stating that he is Conners dad . . .

    As they did with the Matrix Reloaded there will not be a definitive ending but only a “to be continued” where the sixth installment, that I would call Terminator: Redemption will start right from the ending of the fifth installment . . .

    Terminator redemption involves the creation of the time traveling unit. my plot is kinda thin at the moment but what I think should happen. The war rages and Reese has still not told Conner that he knows he is his father. Like I said my plot is thin for this movie but at the end of this movie is when they find out that the T-800 has been sent back which is where Kyle Volunteers to go back to protect Sarah. Conner is hesitant . . . I can see it now, Kyle looking at Conner right as he’s about to go through time and saying “How else am I going to meet your mother” . . .

    No matter how it goes time travel should wait till the end of the new trilogy to tie it all together making the new trilogy a prequel to the old trilogy. I’ve read rumors that the next sequel will have time travel and will take place in 2011 in London. Come on, I’ve waited for years to see the humans and machines fight and to see how the war pans out. Don’t rob me and others of this. Time travel should only be used to tie the two trilogies together and not be used for any other reason.

    If time travel is a must for the next installment it shouldn’t be Conner going back in time, as I have read rumors, but a scene where he sends Kyle back. And if time travel is still a must for the third installment they will have to introduce the T-1000 in the Post Judgment Day war and Show them sending a T-800 back due to knowing a T-1000 was also sent back for reference to Terminator 2 Judgment Day. But as for my own opinion, the time traveling should wait till the last installment and tie into Terminator 1.

    P.S. I look at Terminator 3 the same way as Aliens 3 and 4, they were made to make more money not to make good movies.

  6. Maybe work on a Terminator sequel should wait another 7 years… Why not instead focus on continuing Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles? That was an AMAZING series which ended on a disappointing cliffhanger – and, instead of using the same old time-travel cliché, the series could interchange between the two time lines (present/past and present/future).