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. This is the last thing I wanted to hear. I’m so looking forward to salvation because it’s in the future. I want future wars, not present day. I knew mcg would eventually let me down.

  2. NO please!!!

    I’d rather see Predators Vs. Terminators

  3. Ok, now I’m pissed! I’ve heard enough from this moron. This kind of creative babble just confirms (IMO) that Mcg is a retarded director playing a retarded director… From what I just read, McG must have missed the entire point of the first 3 Terminator films.
    Especially T2…

    I’ve always had the point of view that T4, should have been (THE TIME TRAVEL/WAR EPIC) we all have been waiting for. A dark, mostly filmed at night, future war where Connor succeeds in taking out Skynet and sending back the Terminator’s. That’s all I wanted. If this would have been done right, it would be awesome.
    But no, this dork wants to rewrite the Terminator timeline so he can screw with it and turn it into a money grubbing shell of what the Franchise was built on.

    Sure recreate the timeline, but not like this,,, lame!!! Your lame Mcg !!!! Fracken Lame I say !!!

    You didn’t see Spielberg turn “Saving Private Ryan” into a trilogy.
    “Saving Private Ryan”, is perfect example of how T4 should have been written.

    You have an amazing war battle in the first act, followed by character interaction with the war, and the 3rd act was saving Ryan and completing the mission.

    I don’t think with McDork now steering this, that we will ever get a decent Terminator finale, it will just keep going, and changing into, “this isn’t what mommy told me the future was gonna be like, doah”.,,!

    Man this guy, really has some dumb ideas. First he wants to taxidermy Connor and now this?

    Come with me, if you want to suck!!!!!
    You suck Mcg, and if I ever see you I will tell you to your face!!!!!
    D-bag hack!!!!

  4. It just sucks GK333, because there are a few Terminator 4 scripts that I’ve read that would have been so much better than anything this HACK can come up with.

    Milking a franchise to death, has never been so true in this case.

    Lame, lame, lame.
    His idea sounds great for the tv show,,, (sarcasm)

  5. While I’m very disappointed McG wants to do the time travel thing again, when a new Terminator film was announced it was ALSO announced that the plan was for a new trilogy – and that was long before McG came on board.

    I think maybe what they’re shooting for (which I disagree with) is to end the saga with the war never having happened – in effect so we get a “happy ending.”

    Personally I think it would be much more gutsy to let the war happen and then just have us kick Skynet’s ass in the post-apocalyptic future. Of course maybe they see the problem with that being that the entire John Connor mission would have been a failure: To prevent the war from ever happening.


  6. Possible Spoilers to a Terminator script that will never see. ^
    There’s a Terminator/Future War script out there that I read about 3 years ago. From what I remember it basically ends like this.

    (Connor realizes that his last chance to prevent Judgment Day (in the future) is to destroy the time machine that Skynet uses to send the Terminator’s back with. He knows that Skynet uses the time machine in the year 2029, he also knows that by destroying the TM, it will more than likely cause a time paradox that could prevent him from being born. The war and the future are so bleak that he doesn’t care. He figures its his best chance to save humanity.

    The story is basically a war story, it takes place before 2029 as Connor races to find and destroy the time machine. During the last attack and subsequent seizure of Skynet’s time machine, (located in Area 51, organic, and more than likely alien) Skynet doesn’t stay down. It uses a backup power source, and comes back online. The only recourse Connor has is to send a confused Reese back, and also the reprogrammed T-800′s.
    Connors last ditch effort (after sending back Reese+2 Terminator’s) is to use Terminator fusion cells as a poor mans nuke. He lays the device in the time machine chamber and sets it off as he and his crew are being gunned down by Terminators.

    The last page of the script after the explosion, is Connor waking up in 2029. There was no war and Skynet is a robotics company struggling to survive in a robotics saturated economy where robots are friendly.)

    Sure there’s some problems with that course of action, the script was a first draft, but it had more human emotion and drama then Mcg’s ideas.

    We will never see that film. :-(

  7. @ 790

    Hell man that could be the third one in the trilogy since it sounds like an ending to an epic story. I have very high hopes for Terminator: Salvation and think it’s going to be the best movie of the year, not just of the summer, but of the year. Although I suspect that Avatar and Star Trek will give it a run for it’s money, maybe some others I can’t think of at the moment. Look, this is just McG spitting out ideas, the movie isn’t in production and he isn’t finalizing the script, he’s just talking. I think this could be the plot of the next movie but we should assume it will be, lets wait till we have some hard evidence on the plot and then start complaining cause if that does end up being it I’m not sure it will be a good movie lol.

  8. We all saw what happened to “Heroes” when Time Travel was abused.

    Time Travel can’t be used this way in the Terminator films as it will completely ruin the dynamic of Skynet’s last ditch effort to kill Connor…

    I swear this jerk (mcg) needs to rewatch the first 2 films…

  9. Guys, this all what McG is ENVISIONING at this point. T4 isn’t even out yet. We all know by now that the $$$ dictates the sequels and we’ll see what the $$$ says after this.

    How do you guys get so worked up over speculation?

  10. ^^ My thoughts exactly Kofi

  11. I myself where 790 is coming from but reading his remark on he should rewatch the first 2 films and based on what i read above… It seems like the creator of the first 2 films gave mcg his blessing. Being that the trilogy wws announced quite a while ago i think T6 will end the way vic wants it with johns plan going up in flames and the humans kicking the robots asses in the future… Hopefully that is. Nothing against you 790 i do like the script idea mentioned above its just i think thats what they’re aiming for…

  12. His speculation will turn into reality if Terminator 4 makes a profit.

    Besides this is Screen Rant not Screen Love !

  13. Cameron never gave his blessing that was all bs.

  14. So your saying that mcg’s conclusion with time travel in T5 that came from the conversation that mcg and cameron had was bs… Now if the trilogy hadn’t have been announced i would agree with you on that. I mean in my opinion it should have ended with T2 just for the fact that i knew they would milk the franchise for all its worth. I mean if this movie were to bomb… I’m pretty sure T5 would be different than what he said up there if they make a sequel at all. Oh i also wanted to ask where did you happen to come across that script…?

  15. Why is 2011 pre-judgment day?? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Salvation a sequel to T3?? Even if you hate T3, Salvation is supposed to pick up where that one left off, and that one specifically showed judgment day happening in 2003.

    The only way I’d accept more time travel is if they go back attempting to stop Judgment Day and somehow wind up causing it to occur in 1997 like it was supposed to.

  16. Speculation is fun.


  17. C’mon Ross, Charlie’s Angels was one of the most AWFUL movies ever made. I couldn’t even finish watching it.

  18. I’ll never admit the first Charlies Angels was fun I’ll admit that I thought it was pure crap and I didn’t even bother seeing the second one because the first one was so awful. For that I’m thankful because the general thought is that the second was even worse. I will agree he hasn’t done much and so far Terminator looks like it will prove he doesn’t suck. I thought We are Marshal was decent, but other than that the only thing he has been involved in that I like is Supernatural which is an amazing show. Though from what I hear his only involvement with the show is to sit back and collect money.

  19. Jago, the statement that (Cameron gave his blessing) was ultimately called an exaggeration/mis-quote by Mcg himself a few months ago. Nowhere in the above article has Cameron blessed this new concept…

    Also I can’t say where I read that Terminator script as I work in this town.

    Reread the post, Mcg wants to use time travel as a gimmick. He obviously doesn’t get time travel for what it is in this story. He’s a fool and with every comment he makes on what his plans are for the Terminator franchise reveals even more how big of a no-talent he really is. He sounds like a guy that’s seen T2 one time and liked the beginning a lot.

    Jago, I work with these tools all day long!!! There’s a lot of ppl that get where they are in this biz because who there related to, not what they know.

  20. @790
    Blessing may have been just a word i used because it first came to mind… so lets just scratch that. Most of us would agree that cameron is a far superior director then mcg… and in that conversation that they had… i’m sure that cameron would have told him not to do this for T5 because it would further ruin the franchise he pretty much built… in my opinion that is. But being that they anounced a trilogy… they can’t simply end it on the 4th… then have T5 and 6 as a aftermath of the war… cause that would suck. So like i said before man i’m not trying to go against you… i’d rather have it the way you want it… seems better. All i was doing was “speculating” (as vic put it) on why he’s doing what he’s doing with the story.

    You may work in “the town” and with or without “the tools” all day long but this is “my opinion”.

  21. Not sure why there is so much anger here I think the idea of T5 sounds cool to me. I have no problem with it and T4 looks amazing. To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of T1 or T2 I thought they were simplistic entertaining action flicks with a great idea that was poorly realized. T2 was a little better than T1, but both films really lacked emotion to me and had possibility of real depth, but ultimately failed to deliver. The new franchise seems a little more thought provoking and emotional along with even better action.

  22. Oh, I think I misunderstood you Jago, I respect your views don’t get me wrong,,, :-)

    Who knows what Cameron said to Mcg at this point but I do know that up until now Cameron hasn’t publicly said he’s on board or blown away by Mcg’s Terminator plans.

    I get that the Terminator Trilogy die is cast. Can’t stop that boat from sailing at this point, I’m simply saying that I think Mcg’s off course and sailing into the sirens of the mediocrity and what could have been greatness…

    Nothing personal…
    I get your opinion.

  23. Terminator and Terminator 2 lacked emotion,????

    Say whaaaaaaaat !!!

  24. i am not going to judge a story I wont see for at least two years.
    it was fun to hear about that script.
    Got any more 790?
    the closest I can come to that is a script I read for
    Planet Of The Apes that was going star Arnold.
    It was DEFINITELY written for him.
    A disease was killing pregnant women and their babies in the present .
    Scientists discovered it was gentically engineered virus tht originated before man was the dominant species on this planet .
    The culprits?
    A race of intelligent apes!
    using a `special form of hypnosis,
    Arnold traveled back in time to stop it .

  25. The script I mentioned was written BEFORE the Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes.
    So, we will most likely never see this version.

  26. Sorry Gary that’s all I’m saying on that script…

  27. Your right 790 it had anger. Other than that there wasn’t much else. It lacked any real drama it was far to focused on blowing s*** up. Which is fine for your common action film. I’m just saying the first two didn’t blow me away and I’m sorry, but yea there wasn’t really any emotion there. Good special effects for it’s time and a decent plot with loads of unrealized potential.

  28. So, 790, what do you think of McG, I’m not sure you’ve made it entirely, 110%, definitivly clear over your views on him and the Terminator franchise.

    Personally T5 isn’t coming out till 2011 so I’ll wait till the trailer next year before I jump to a conlcusion before watching it.