[WARNING: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Terminator: Genesis.]
We're on the edge of the summer blockbuster season (which seems to start earlier and earlier every year), and as the big releases of 2014 start rolling into theaters, as always we look ahead to what 2015 has in store. One of biggest question marks of that tent-pole-packed year is the quasi-reboot known unofficially as Terminator: Genesis.
After a long development period, the main cast has come together in just the last few months, with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke set to play a young Sarah Connor, Die Hard 5's Jai Courtney cast as Kyle Reese, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke circling the role of John Connor. The film is set to begin production in the first quarter of 2014, with director Alan Tayor (Thor 2) at the helm.
We know the rough outline of the plot by now: the script by Laeta Kalogridis (Bionic Woman) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) is said to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his iconic role as young Sarah's protector, and it shifts the timeline further into the past. Thanks to the time travel mechanics of the franchise's premise, almost anything is possible... but all we have to go on are rumors.
Now, a potential SPOILER-HEAVY report from Moviehole gives us a slew of possible plot details about Terminator: Genesis. So if you'd rather not know, go back now.
None of this information comes from an official source, and comes from a source described as "really reputable," but as always, take all of this with several grains of salt.
According to the source, Terminator: Genesis will swing back and forth between 1984 (setting of The Terminator), 1991 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), and "other important and influential time periods in the life of the Connor family." Events of the new film will start with the first film:
The ‘Terminator’ from the future will arrive on earth, attack some punks (keen to see who they get to play ‘Bill Paxton’), and then slaughter his way through a bunch of Sarah Connors’ – until he finds the correct target.
Kyle Reese supposedly follows the Terminator back in time (again), but Reese and Sarah will apparently be joined by other characters from James Cameron's original entry:
And all the characters that appeared in the Cameron original, like Detective Hal Vukovich (played by Lance Henriksen in the original), Lieutenant Ed Traxler (played by Paul Winfield way back when), Sarah’s roomie Ginger (Bess Motta in the ’84 film) and, yep, even Pugsley the Iguana, return. So, yep, we’ll likely get to see Schwarzenegger back in the leather jacket and cool sunglasses he wore in the original.
We're warned that this time around, events will not play out exactly as they in the first Terminator film. Beyond running over the events of the original, however, key moments in the first sequel will be included as well, such as young John Connor being hunted by the liquid-metal T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick), and the T-1000 murdering John's foster parents.
From there, we'll be going back even further in time, to events before the first film, "such as scenes with young Sarah and her parents." And that's it for details which had not been previously reported. We had already surmised that this could be the case, given a report from last year which stated Schwarzenegger’s return saw him “as a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up.”
The notion of jumping around the key moments from the first two films sounds like a way to justify spinning the fifth film into a possibly trilogy, to be followed by a TV series. From the sound of these plot details - which again may amount to mere speculation - this film could end up balancing aspects of a prequel and a reboot in fairly novel way.
The "reputable" source for this information stressed to think of Terminator 5 less in the style of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek re-launch and more along the lines of Back to the Future Part 2, revisiting original moments and either watching them or preventing them - or even changing certain things to ensure the possibility for a fresh reboot.
Expect more plot details to emerge, either confirming or denying any of this, as the film's production begins.
The Terminator reboot is slated for a July 1st, 2015 release.