James Cameron Talks Terminator 6
Splasharians, honestly I love the Terminator franchise. Yes, my love forgives T3 and Salvation, no one (movie) is perfect. But, after seeing the glorious “breath of fresh air” that was Terminator: Genisys. Now, with efforts being strongly made to bring the franchise back to the screen, details slowly emerge for what’s being planned. Starting with Arnold appearing as a human character. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, someone had to inspire the design for the robot, right?
In a Q&A with James Cameron, discussing August 25th’s T2 in 3D release, the director gave spoke on the human character Arnold will be playing:
“Yeah, you got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold? There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype. There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from – that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point. Now, the question is, did that person have some sort of meaning to Skynet on WHY they chose that one (Arnold)? Or was it like a whole rack of Terminators and the one that happened to be the Arnold model just happened to be closest to the door going out to the time displacement center and all the others looked different? I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved…so stay tuned! We’re talking pretty seriously now about doing some new Terminator films or possibly a trilogy and you’ll just have to see what surfaces in those.”
And, just in case you’re wondering about whether we’ll see the return of evil Arnold/T-800:
… In terms of Arnold coming back as the T-800, I was already having moral issues with that after the first movie in ‘84, so then obviously I wrote T2 where he’s the hero and when I gave the script to Arnold he hated it. He didn’t hate the script; he hated the idea (of being good) because I hadn’t really discussed it with him, I just dropped it on him and I thought I’d see what he thought. I gave it to him on a plane to Cannes and he literally read it on the flight and he had to get off the flight and announce at the Cannes Film Festival that we were making the movie. Arnold was petrified because he didn’t think it was the right idea. He tried to talk me out of it. But I think he eventually fell in love with the concept and the rest is history. I think he played it beautifully.
Well, I’m going to take that response to mean that Arnold and James are happy with the T-800 remaining good. Well, I’ve spent most of my life rooting for him, so fine. Good Arnold it is, and we’ll watch the 70 year old dole out justice as only he can. Presumably, with a really big shotgun. Are you excited for T6? Would you like to see Arnold switch back to a villain?
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