Film Journal has a pretty cool interview with McG that covers the usual when discussing taking over the franchise – living up to Cameron, being awesome, etc. Par for the course, really, but it’s the end part where he mentions what to expect from the next Terminator that’s kicking up a frenzy.
“I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011,” McG reveals. “John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome. I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves.”
Now let’s do a bit of intellectual analyzing – what the fuck? I thought the entire purpose of this continuation of the series is to show the future war, not to have another time travel story. Wasn’t McG all excited about a trilogy of movies based in the future while the real war happened? And now they’re just scrapping that, screwing up the timeline again, and bringing the brunt of Skynet down on the present (I’m guessing the next movie comes out in 2011)?
But for now, I’m willing to let this anger just simmer until I see how well Salvation turns out.
Actually no. Even if it is awesome the fact that the next movie takes place in the present is stupid and backwards. Seeing that going back in time to change shit up isn’t exactly effective I really don’t see the point of treading the same tired course for a fourth time (T1-3 + the TV show).