‘Terminator: Genesis’ Begins Production; First Set Images Emerge

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One of the most interesting things about the Terminator franchise is that it has, to date, generally revolved around characters attempting to reboot their own future. Now the filmmakers on the sci-fi series are joining the fun, by rebooting the series’ continuity with the upcoming installment, tentatively known as Terminator: Genesis.

Official details are scarce on the script for the next Terminator movie, though it’s expected that Genesis will return the franchise to its sci-fi/horror roots, based on the backgrounds of screenwriter/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Bionic Woman, Avatar) and writer/director Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry), who co-wrote the Genesis screenplay together. Additionally, Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring in the movie as a version of the T-800 model robot seen in previous Terminator films; in this installment, however, Arnold’s age has been incorporated into the character - meaning, the main T-800 seen in Genesis will have an aged bio-exoskeleton (for plot-based reasons that have yet to be explained in full).

Filming is officially underway on what is the fifth Terminator movie overall, in addition to being the first chapter in a planned standalone film trilogy; a developing TV series will further expand the rebooted sci-fi universe and/or fill in the story cracks on forthcoming Terminator movies. Skydance Productions has marked the occasion by releasing an image, showing a slate that properly identifies Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) as the Terminator: Genesis director, in addition to paying respects to the late camera assistant Sarah Jones (who was killed on-set while filming the biopic Midnight Rider).

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On a less somber note, images have also emerged from the set of the new Terminator installment (courtesy of The Arnold Fans), with one such photo – included below – depicting Schwarzenegger out of costume. While the iconic action star (who turns 67 this year) has been more willing to show his age in recent films like Escape Plan and Sabotage, here it appears that Arnold is going for his more traditional Terminator look, in terms of his hair color/style. That makes sense enough; an older version of the T-800 probably wouldn’t have much reason to alter its appearance over the years (unless it just got really bored while it wasn’t actively protecting the Connors).

Speaking of the Connors, in Terminator: Genesis the Sarah Connor character – mother of dragons humanity’s future savior John Connor – will be portrayed by Emilia Clarke, who’s collaborated with Taylor before when he was still working on HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series. Meanwhile, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is portraying the grownup John Connor, Jai Courtney (Divergent) has been cast as Sarah’s guardian-turned lover/John’s father Kyle Reese, and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) is playing Danny Dyson – the son of the scientist responsible for developing the technology that eventually gave rise to the artificially-intelligent Skynet.

How all of these characters fit into the Genesis storyline – whatever that may be – remains to be seen. Potential clues about the plot have surfaced, like how J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) has reportedly been cast an an alcoholic detective, who’s spent years trying to wrap his head around the strange incidents that keep happening in connection to Sarah Connor. There’re also the supporting players to take into consideration, like South Korean action star Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) – who could just as easily be playing another deadly Terminator as he could a regular human.


Terminator: Genesis opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Source: Skydance Productions, The Arnold Fans

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  1. You can hear the Terminator March already……….

    Dum Dum Dum Der-Dum, Dum Dum Dum Der-Dum

  2. I still wish they had stopped after T2. Whatever, I’ll wait for a trailer. Maybe it’ll be interesting.

    • T2 had the perfect ending. Unfortunately, it made to much money, so the production company figured they’d continue.

  3. The first two were awesome. The third one wasn’t that great. Terminator : Salvation was decent till the end. I thought that having John Conners go through open heart surgery in the middle of a war camp was a bit farfetched. I liked Sam Worthington’s character in that movie. I pretty much hated the ending of the movie.

    Hoping the much needed “re-boot” is up to par.

    • @ TheFume

      I agree.

    • Sam Worthington….. where has he gone.

      He was the BIG THING when he popped up (Clash / Avatar / T4) but he seems to have morphed in to Jai Courtney lol

      • Anton Yelchin played Courtneys caracter in Salvation not Worthington

        • I personally took the comment to mean that there’s a resemblance between Worthington and Jai Courtney.

          • Correct, there is a strong resemblance between Sam and Jai and Jai is getting all the roles you could picture Sam in….. maybe the casting directors get them mixed up lol

    • Open heart surgery in the middle of a “war camp” may seem far-fetched but where else would they do it since the war is pretty much everywhere? It had to be done immediately before John died and battlefield surgery (even to that extent) has existed since the late 19th century so it just seems like you’re trying to nitpick.

      The only thing I didn’t like about Salvation was the Guns ‘N Roses track shoe-horned in, otherwise, it was a good movie and it’s a shame they didn’t continue to show more of the war.

      • How about when Skynet, a super powerful computer, stopped to explain itself just before the climax? I hate when villains in movies stop and talk about their master plan. “Here’s what I’m doing, and here’s how to stop me.”

      • The ending of that movie was horrible. Christian Bale getting the metal through his heart to Sam giving up his heart was all forced and was apparently bad writing on the part of those involved with this movie. The whole movie was solid till the end. IF they had come up with a much better ending maybe they would have made more sequels in that time period. All it did was leave a bad taste in people’s mouths after watching a pretty decent movie up until that point.

      • Dazz for someone claiming that I nitpick, you certainly do your fair share of it on this site.

      • Y’all are missing the biggest BS of salvation.

        These weren’t Terminators sent from the future after Conner had defeated them.
        These were Terminators from the present, where Conner hadn’t done squat yet.
        Why were they even after him?
        How the hell did they know Reese was his dad?

        Pure stupidity!

  4. I’m really excited about a reboot of this seminal sci-fi franchise. But I don’t know about a proposed tv show. The series on Fox a few years ago had a hard time maintaining the show’s momentum.

    • If they focus the TV show during the resistance, then maybe it will have some wings. The first half of the first tv show was a drag, but picked up much better during the second half of the show.

  5. That Swagger!

  6. “IM BACK!” Cant wait for Arny to be back in science fiction!!! Hasta La vista, Baby.

  7. Terminator salvation was a really goodand entertaining movie that could have gone further. Had the movie studios not fallen short due to financial issues, a continued trilogy would have worked.

  8. I’ll watch this one on my Netflix list when available.

    • How much do you make per Netflix name drop?

  9. Governator looking good.

  10. Fond memories of the first Terminator. My friend and I were both 19 and we got carded because it was rated R. LOL!!

  11. I gotta say Schwarzenegger is looking pretty damn good considering his age.

    Now I have to wonder when Conan 3 is going to begin!

  12. I have had a Terminator 5 Script For nearly a decade, and Its on E-bay. It completely explains Arnold as a Human Being and his Aging Appearance. Basically the original T-Series was created by a human form. That human form was Arnold.

    He was kidnapped in his mid 30′s in violent fashion by early Cyberdyne. Their first attempts were cyber integration with humans… so Arnold was enhanced physically, but after repeated tests Cyberdyne deemed the results to unstable, so they go with plan B, which is put the real Arnold on cryo and use his form for the combat chasis of the T series, they extract his DNA repeatedly to keep growing new hair/skin etc for the chasis. This goes on until something happens at cyberdyne and breaks the Cryo. Arnold awakes, much older… horrible memories and ready for revenge.

    See Ebay for the details Terminator 5