Schwarzenegger Talks ‘Terminator: Genesis’ Filming Start Date and Script

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terminator 5 script start date Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator: Genesis Filming Start Date and Script

Production on the next Terminator installment – a reboot heavily-rumored to be titled Terminator: Genesis – is right around the corner, so it’s no surprise that (unofficial) plot and character details have started to leak online. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his iconic franchise role for the first time since Terminator: Rise of the Machines, while the director’s chair is occupied this time by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World).

This new chapter in the sci-fi/horror/time-travel saga (originated by James Cameron thirty years ago) will clear the slate for a fresh standalone movie trilogy, in addition to a complimentary television series – in keeping with the currently-popular shared universe model, that is. Similarly, like a number of other upcoming blockbusters (for example, Jurassic World), Taylor will be shooting the bulk of his Terminator movie on sound stages and sets located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Previously, we reported an April 21st start date this year in New Orleans for the beginning of principal photography on Terminator: Genesis. Schwarzenegger didn’t confirm the exact first day of production when he took fan questions at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival this past weekend; nonetheless, his comments on the start of production align with that projected date.

Here is what he offered The Arnold Fans, when asked what fans cans expect (though he sidestepped the question of whether his Terminator model “will be the same” in the film):

“The Terminator. You’re right. We start filming in the middle or in the end of April and it will be a four or four-and-a-half month long shoot. We will be filming it in New Orleans with some of it in San Francisco and maybe a little of it in LA but most of it will be done in New Orleans…”

A piping-hot batch of plot rumors emerged for Genesis over the weekend, suggesting that the storyline cooked by screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Bionic Woman) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) will involve a lot of time-traveling – including, through events that were depicted in previous Terminator movies (think Back to the Future Part II). That might explain why part of the shoot will be taking place on location Los Angeles, which is where Cameron filmed his original Terminator installment – and thus, some familiar LA territory may well be revisited in Taylor’s movie.

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Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison (American Hustle) currently owns the rights to the Terminator franchise, though it’s her brother David Ellison and Paramount Pictures that are funding and serving as distributor on Genesis.

The Ellison/Paramount power-team is on a roll thus far at the box office, when it comes to franchise titles – be they rebooting sequels (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), rejuvenating installments (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) or the start of a new blockbuster series (World War Z) – so odds are in their favor, as far as Genesis proving to be the financial hit that its backers are hoping for.

As for the prospective quality of the film? Well, Arnold is optimistic:

 “… The script is fantastic so I’m really looking forward to this film.”

Schwarzenegger isn’t exactly the most unbiased of parties, but the Terminator reboot does boast a sturdy cast – including, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) – in addition to two writers in Kalogridis and Lussier, respectively, who are equally capable when it comes to producing decent sci-fi and horror genre content – the staple elements of the Terminator franchise, which (in combination) were essential to its past success.

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As for Taylor as director: his work on Marvel’s Thor sequel arguably gave rise to a goofy-fun superhero movie, which felt like a throwback to old-fashioned pulpy serial adventure cinema. However, the Terminator franchise tends to lean more in an adult and R-Rated direction (save for Terminator Salvation), unlike the comparatively family-friendly Marvel brand.

That said, having a more adult sandbox to play in might encourage Taylor to bring more of that grit and intelligence from his days working on HBO series like Deadwood, The Sopranos, and most recently Game of Thrones – something that appears to be part of his plan to restore the Terminator franchise’s grace – which could be welcome news. That’s also important for justifying the continuation of this particular property, especially in an age where the Terminator core elements no longer seem that unique – stacked up against other genre movies, that is (see X-Men: Days of Future Past, and so forth).


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

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  1. I’ve spammed my idea of using the Back Of The Future II concept in a new Terminator film, and now it looks like they’re going for it. My work is done. So happy they probably didn’t read my posts on the net, because well, hello, but came up with it on their own. In my opinion the perfect way to go.

    • This is just basically Abrams Star Trek, like a soft reboot nothing more. Unless you call Star Trek BTTF2 also?

  2. so a better days of fututre past if DOFP sucks?

  3. I’m glad Arnie is back in a big budget film. I liked the first expendables but if these older guys keep to doing budget stuff like that they will brand themselves as old has-beens who’s only leftover value is nostalgia.

    Look at Sean Connery who just got better and better as he got older. These old boys need to learn from that and rather than parody themselves they should take themselves seriously and go for gold.

    Perhaps that suits some better than others. Many thought Harrison Ford was too old at 66 when he played Indiana Jones in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and yet at 62 no one would second guess Liam Neeson running around kicking heads in.

  4. When I had read months ago that Arnold was going to play the human that protected Sarah Conner, causing the machines to create the Terminator in his image, i thought this might be worth seeing.

  5. What exactly was wrong with T4? It progressed the story perfectly IMO and paved way to see Arnold out (not what i wanted but hey he i getting old).

    We have seen THREE terminator movies that have to do with time travel and the forth one finally brought us to future present with the war still goin on…CHRISTIAN BALE was john connor…and everyone complained that there was no time travel? how many more Terminators do you need to see time travel and do the same thing? and now we get a 5th movie about freakin time travel, lol its gonna bomb cuz its gonna be another Terminator 3 fools.

    Dont get me wrong.. i love the Terminator franchise dearly lol but ever since ive seen The Terminator ive been waiting for a future present war movie in which 4 started to deliver and i thought future movies were going to expand on that…but no, i just hope this incarnation does not completley bastardize everything.

    • yup.

      Arnie’s central role in this project just screams, “CHEESE!” to me. the supporting cast does nothing to alleviate my primary concern. i am not going to get myself pumped up for a “Rise of the Machines” redux. with Schwarzenegger in charge & him hyping a ‘fantastic’ script by the authors of “Bionic Woman” & “Drive Angry” [!!!] that looks to be the path we’re headed down.

  6. Out of all people on Earth, why did Skynet choose a specific body and face of a man and place it on the Terminator machines? My guess is that they copied the likeness of a man who made a positive impact towards the development of Skynet, but he also has a remote connection to Sarah Connor.

    • Look up the Sgt. Candy Deleted Scene from Terminator 3.

  7. I love Schwarzennegger films in his day but
    How can he play a terminator ? He is too old . Unless they are making a comedy

  8. Why are they saying Reboot when TERMINATOR: GENESIS is the 5th terminator film & sequel to Terminator Salvation which was a sequel to Rise of the Machines a sequel to Judgment Day a sequel to The Terminator.

    Unless this drops everything & restarts day 1 The Terminator, i don’t see how TERMINATOR: GENESIS is a Reboot.

    It would simply be clearer if articles listed TERMINATOR: GENESIS as a new trilogy in the continuing Terminator storyline.

  9. I have had a Terminator 5 Framework Script since 2005. Arnold Schwarzenegger the human was violently kidnapped in his mid 30′s by early Cyberdyne. Arnold was an elite human specimen and their first plans were to experiment with human/cyber integration. They enhanced him physically but after struggling with instability with human mind-control they went with plan B.

    They used Arnold’s physical body to create the mold to house the combat chassis for the T-Series. They put Arnold on Cryo and continue to harness his DNA to generate skin/flesh for the T-Series chassis. An explosion hits Cyberdyne and breaks the Cryo. Arnold awakes and has aged. He is confused by starts to remember all the details around his abduction, his family, his friends and ultimately decides on a path of revenge and to eradicate Cyberdyne.

    I’ve had this script on and off ebay for a while as well. I’m not a professional writer just a average guy with hobbies who has no way in heck of getting the script in front of the people who could actually judge it on its merit, but after reading about the new script i still think that my stories premise could fair very well against everything else I have seen put out there.

    Tim Wiley – Forney TX