The Terminator franchise turns 30 this year, in October to be exact; it won't be until 2015, however, that the sci-fi property gets (partially) rebooted on the big screen. Filming has now wrapped on the next Terminator movie, though, which up to now has generally been referred to (by us) by its rumored title, Terminator: Genesis. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is again playing a T-800 machine in this new film (albeit, one whose biological exterior has aged and now resembles that of a 67-year old man), has now confirmed that the official title is actually... Terminator: Genisys.
So, why the alternate spelling of the subtitle? Well, it could be that "Genisys" refers to the name of a new high-tech manufacturing corporation (a la Cyberdyne Systems in the previous films). Dayo Okeniyi (The Spectacular Now) is costarring in the new Terminator film as Danny Dyson, son of Miles (portrayed by Joe Morton in T2: Judgement Day) - a programmer and Steve Jobs type genius, according to previous reports. Could "Genisys" be the new company that he's founded - one that gives rise to Judgement Day in the rebooted Terminator continuity?
"Genisys" could also refer to an alternate version of Skynet, which shall be introduced in this new movie. It's heavily rumored that the Terminator: Genisys script - by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) - pulls some Back to the Future inspired time-travel trickery, so that events in the film's past setting play out in a different fashion than they did in the original Terminator. This could give rise to re-imagined versions of both the present and future in the Terminator universe - one where there's a Skynet-like AI entity known as "Genisys", or maybe a Judgement Day-esque event referred to as "Genisys".
... Or maybe Paramount just decided that Terminator: Genisys was a cooler title for a sci-fi movie than Terminator: Genesis. Your guess is as good as ours, for the time being.
Whatever the reason for the spelling change from Genesis to Genisys, Arnold didn't spill the beans with his FB announcement concerning the end of production on the next Terminator installment. You can read his comment below, followed by an image of Arnie on set (with the official Termiantor: Genisys logo on the back of his chair).
Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup – we couldn’t have done it without you. I can’t wait to see our finished project and I know we’ll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I’ll be back.
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James Cameron's original Terminator movie was born out of Cold War era paranoia about the potential nuclear apocalypse, but there are plenty of ways the concept could be "updated" to resonate in the post-Internet age. It'll ultimately depend on which approach, exactly, both the Genisys screenwriters and director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) have elected to use, when it comes to re-imaginig both the Terminator universe and its citizens - including, familiar names like John Connor (now brought to life as an adult by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Jason Clarke).
Genisys costars Jai Courtney (John's father, Kyle Reese) and J.K. Simmons, who reportedly plays a detective who has spent decades investigating odd events that keep on happening around Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), have both indicated that the film's script is smarter than they anticipated it would be. Fingers cross, Genisys will manage to surpass most people's expectations (and them some), when the final movie result is shown to the general public.
Terminator: Genisys opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2015.
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