MTV had the opportunity to speak with Terminator Salvation director, McG, about the new ending of the film and the possibility of a sequel (or two).
The conclusion of this fourth installment in the Terminator franchise has been a long-running issue for the filmmakers and studio executives. It started when an early leak revealed the controversial big-twist ending of the movie which made the people behind the film very displeased. As a result, the ending was completely re-done to avoid rampant spoilers.
The new ending is reportedly structured to be wide-open and sets up a story arc that can be used for the second Terminator trilogy. While hoping for a successful opening of the movie come May 21st, McG had this to say about the franchise:
“If we have good fortune we have indeed planned out two more ‘Terminator’ pictures… There’s an arc of story [in the new sequels]."
"The ending is indeed elliptical… And it challenges the audience. It’s not a happy little bow of an ending at all. The ending is tough and requires reflection, and in some degrees it bifurcates the audience. You walk back to the car and one person thinks it means this, and the other person thinks it means that.”
He explains that the ending points to Terminator 5, a movie we can almost expect will be green-lit in a matter of months – Terminator Salvation will no doubt bring in big numbers at the box office next month.
As for what we know about the Terminator 5 story, McG had the idea for the plot of the fifth installment to include a character played by Robert Patrick (who portrayed the infamous T-1000 unit from Terminator 2) – He would be an older scientist who’s working on a cure for juvenile diabetes and his work leads into the creation of the T-1000 Terminator unit based on him.
McG talks with Patrick regularly and recently, Patrick revealed his interest in participating in another Terminator installment while displaying his love and respect for the franchise and what it's meant for him in life and in his career.
It’s a fantastic way to keep tying the new movies into the old ones – the more of that the better! We already know Linda Hamilton will be narrating the film as Sarah Connor and there’s still a chance we may see Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation one way or another.
Not having seen Salvation, do you think there should be a full second trilogy in the Terminator franchise?
Terminator Salvation opens May 21, 2009 and I'll be there.