I’d love to tell you that I saw Entertainment Weekly‘s special Terminator: Genisys coverage and did a happy little fangirl dance. It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I mean, I like the Terminator franchise. I liked the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Heck, I even like Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation. That’s how forgiving I am.
But, I may have just hit the “Are you kidding ME?!?!” wall with the news of what producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and director Alan Taylor have planned storywise for Genisys. It’s…well, to call it a reboot is like saying remodeling a house from top to bottom but keeping the paint the same color is a “touch up”.
Since it containers spoilers, I’ll put it in after the break. Head there if you want to know more.
Ready? Okay, here’s the except from EW:
Twist No. 1? Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator— an older T-800 she calls “Pops”— who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.
“Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” says Ellison. “But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”
Yep. Instead of being a woman who became a warrior to help save humanity, Sarah Connor is bred to lead a fight from the age of 9 and, in essence, The Terminator is the grandfather of humanity’s messiah.
Am I the only one who thinks this may end really, really badly? I mean, the franchise is a mess right now, but this could retroactively screw up the original Terminator.
Plus, as someone commented today, the cover with the picture of Sarah and Kyle looks more like a Grease reboot than a Terminator reboot. Now that I think about it, how the heck is John going to send Kyle back in time to impregnate Sarah when Sarah’s already got a Terminator dad?
I’m so confused.
There’s more over at EW, including a picture of Matt Smith and Jason Clarke. Clarke’s playing John and I have no idea who Matt Smith is playing. For all I know at this point, he’s John’s fraternal twin.
It could happen.