Kudos to McG. Despite our initial scepticism, the ‘Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins’ director is really starting to put our minds at ease about the future of Terminator franchise.
Today, he posted an update on the sci-fi action-thriller on the film’s official Blog, including what looks like a debunking of the rumour that is spreading about the film’s end (as well as an amusing admition that he has perhaps the stupidest name in Hollywood). Check it out below:
One Possible Future
We’re in the middle of week five. The New Mexico wind is kicking the shit out of the crew but providing a perfect backdrop for our post-apocalyptic world.
Sam tore a muscle on the left side of his ribs in a fight sequence. Neither of us wants to use a stunt double.
This movie takes place several years after Judgment Day, but prior to 2029. Just like it took a long time to get an HD plasma screen in our world, it took Skynet a lot of research and development to get to the T-800, and this movie explores that “space between.” We have all been fascinated with the world after Judgment Day. Here it is.
In this film, there are Hydrobots that patrol the water, Transports that move human prisoners around, Harvesters that collect human beings as lab rats for Skynet and Aerostats that survey all that is going on with the resistance the world over.
We’ve started shooting the T-600 – the bigger, grimier, nastier version that preceded the T-800.
Like Reese says, they’re easier to spot but they pack a mini gun and carry kick ass fire power. They’re eight-foot tall killers that prowl the badlands looking for anything with a heartbeat to terminate.
Stan Winston, Production Designer Martin Laing and ILM came up with the designs and that thing is on Kyle Reese’s ass throughout the entire picture. Wanted to achieve that bummer, rubbery skin, prosthetic look that cloaks an unrelenting machine with a singular focus of killing.
More to come…
Also, I realize my name is ridiculous. I was born Joseph McGinty Nichol. McG is short for McGinty. I have been called this since the day I was born to create separation from my Uncle Joe and Grandpa Joe. I realize it sounds like some Hollywood nickname, hip-hop choice. But the truth is, this is simply my name – for every day of elementary school, every zit-filled day of high school. I have been taking shit for it ever since. I get it, I would think it’s lame too. But it’s just a name, and to change it now would seem fraudulent.
Oh yeah, don’t get too uptight about the prospect of the film being PG-13. We have entertained the idea of a PG-13 rating largely because Batman Begins, in my opinion, was made compromise-free. So we’ll see. The movie comes first and it will be protected at all times…
By the way, there are only three people who know the ending.
The unknown future rolls toward us.
Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common and Jadagrace, ‘Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins’ opens in theatres Summer ’09.