‘Terminator: Genesis’ Star Jai Courtney Talks Rebooting the ‘Terminator’ Franchise

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2015′s Terminator Genesis – as the project is currently known – won’t be a direct continuation of the last installment in the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation; the latter took place in a post-Judgement Day wasteland, where the war between humanity and the A.I. Skynet was fully underway. No, Genesis will instead be a reboot of the sci-fi property – how “hard” or “soft” a reboot, exactly, remains to be seen.

According to recent rumors, the upcoming Terminator feature will jump around through time, causing further disruption of history in this particular fictional universe – and thus, free things up for a new standalone trilogy. Events from the previous movies (the first two installments, to be specific) will be revisited in the process, which – if true – would make Genesis a reboot that’s closer in spirit to Star Trek (2009) than Batman Begins. (Others have compared the rumored Terminator reboot storyline to Back to the Future Part II and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.)

What we do know for certain is that Terminator: Genesis will feature the same characters from past installments, including Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), her son John Connor (Jason Clarke) and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in some leading capacity. The other key player is John’s father, Kyle Reese, who will be portrayed by Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard).

Courtney opened up to IGN on the subject of the Terminator reboot, admitting that he initially approached the project with a significant amount of doubt:

“I’ve always had a bit of skepticism about something being rebooted. I remember when [A Good Day to] Die Hard came around a few years ago, I was like, ‘Really? They’re gonna make another one?’ and then I found myself in it and totally invested in it. I think it’s healthy to have that [skepticism] because you want it to be something [special], you want to keep that eye for quality sharp.”

The actor said it was only after he’d read the Genesis screenplay – which he says features a “cool” story conceived by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) – that he decided to commit to the project, beating out a number of other actors for the Kyle Reese role. One could fairly point out that Courtney’s dedication to A Good Day to Die Hard seems ill-advised in retrospect, so that’s justification enough for taking his comments about the Terminator reboot’s quality-on-paper with a healthy grain of salt.

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Still, following his breakout days on Spartacus, Courtney has continued to work on films based around interesting concepts – Jack Reacher, I, Frankenstein, and this month’s Divergent – where the final outcome is determined by the competence (or lack thereof) of the writing and directing talent involved in executing said intriguing premise.

Terminator: Genesis has Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor calling the shots; our hope is that he will take his experience from working on Marvel Studios’ Thor sequel and use it to produce a smarter and tougher Terminator movie – one that moves the franchise back to its R-Rated sci-fi/horror basics. That potential is arguably there on the screenwriters’ side (Kalogridis’ sci-fi output – which includes Bionic Woman and Avatar - coupled with Lussier’s horror know-how), while the primary cast reads as pretty strong; whether or not that potential will be reached (or remain untapped), remains to be seen. Here is hoping for the best, as always.


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

Source: IGN

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  1. I’m all for more Terminator stuff, but am sick of the Connor family thing. I understand that the basis of the story is John’s leading the humans in the war, but I think they need something fresh and rebooting John Connor isn’t that. I will still see this movie though.

  2. Did Jai read the script of A Good Day To Die Hard before he decided to do it?

    • You mean there was a script for Die Hard 5?

  3. Yeah cause Diehard whatever number was soooo good… This guy sucks and so will this movie in all likely hood.

    • LOL

      “likely hood”

  4. You diss on A Good Day to Die Hard but then you say that the potential is there based on the writer’s work on the reimagined Bionic Woman? That is messed up big time.

  5. Nice one, Jai Courtney. Use Die Hard 5 as an example of why fans shouldn’t worry about the Terminator reboot. I’m not concerned at all!

  6. I was all for it until I found out they were planning to revisit and rewrite the original two movies before branching off.

    Saying that, I like Jai and find it unfortunate that the previous two Die Hard movies have sucked so much that people assume the guy won’t be a good fit for this role based on that.

    I’m guessing nobody saw Jack Reacher or Spartacus: Blood And Sand? They were great and he was pretty damn good in both of them.

    • He is terrible in everything he has done. He is so bad. Nobody wants to see him in big blockbuster movies man!! Terminator has lost a huge chunk of the audience already.

  7. In Jack Reacher, he had the charisma of a bag of sand and in Spartacus he had the charisma of a Roman bag of sand.

  8. Wow Jai, that was profound. You’re responses are as one dimensional as your crappy acting. So pissed this chump got cast…

  9. If they make more Terminator movies, I will watch them.

  10. Jack Reacher and Die Hard (latest one) ….watched him in those and was struck by how such a terrible actor could land such big roles with big stars. Plus he is just someone who takes a big dump on the movies fortunes. Why would they take him in this reboot?? Arent there any better actors amongst newcomers in Hollywood?? There have to be. This guy is so bad. So bad.

  11. Worst possible choice for any movie. Let alone such a big movie. Why do they keep taking him in big blockbuster movies? When everybody hates him and hate his performances and his movies take a nosedive at the boxoffice!!

  12. So according to his quite, the latest Diehard flick was a quality product?? He is insane. As insane as he is a bad actor.

  13. Can the makers of this at least try to hide the fact that they only care about money and not the continuity of Cameron’s Terminator sega? Of all movies this series of films should have a future continuation! I realize a reboot doesn’t always mean remake, but I get the feeling they are totally scrapping the past films and starting fresh. I so don’t want to see the same old story with new faces. I want to see J.Connor leading a war, stealing Skynet tech, and saving humanity… not Sarah and Reese running and stealing cars all over again, or Arnold looking through phone books. sigh…