James Cameron Says 'Terminator Genisys' Reinvigorates the Series

'Terminator: Genisys' - Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger

WARNING: This Article & Video Contain A Big Plot SPOILER for Terminator: Genisys!


In the eyes of many fans, Terminator Salvation proved that there was precious little juice left in the franchise. That film - which starred Christian Bale, Bryce Dallas Howard and Sam Worthington - aimed to portray the war-torn future that previous entries had only teased. However, it failed to impress fans or critics, earning the franchise's lowest box office take since the 1984 original.

Despite that setback, Paramount is gearing up to restart the Terminator franchise with the upcoming fifth film, Terminator Genisys. With Arnold Schwarzenegger back onboard and heavy ties to the first two James Cameron directed classics, Genisys could mark a whole new era for the franchise or be the final nail in its coffin.

According to a new video posted by Yahoo! Movies (see above), fans who have been skeptical of Terminator Genisys thus far may have reason to hope for the best. In a new featurette, none other than Cameron himself describes his reaction to seeing the new film:

"I had no idea what to expect sitting down. I wasn't involved in the making of the film. I didn't direct it. I didn't write it. I'm just a fanboy. I'm in a dark theater. The movie starts, and I start to see things that I recognize. It's being very respectful of the first two films. Then all of a sudden, it just swerves, and now I'm going on a journey."

'Terminator: Genisys' - Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Indeed, the marketing for Genisys has hinged on the film's back-to-its-roots approach, hewing closely to Cameron's films and essentially disregarding the two sequels that followed. Naturally, the filmmaker is tickled by the new film's reverence for his creation and how it offers a fresh twist on the existing Terminator mythos, one that positions John Connor as the central villain.

"I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance. You look at why the films became classics. They had characters that you like. In the new film - which in my mind I think of as the third film - we see Arnold take the character even farther. ... The idea of taking John Connor and flipping him to the bad guy. It's pretty cool because you've got to riff against expectations. It's all about the twist."

Ironically, the twist that Cameron hails as part of what makes Genisys work has angered some fans who feel like the studio's marketing campaign has damaged the movie-going experience by revealing too much detail about the film's plot. How John Connor's arc plays out in the film could very well decide if the existing Terminator fanbase embraces the film as Cameron has or if it winds up in the franchise's reject pile alongside Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation. With the release of Genisys just weeks away, we'll know soon enough.

Terminator Genisys hits theaters on July 1, 2015.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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