Terminator: Genisys – Plot Details?!!

By Dr. Know on October 29th, 2014

Okay, so let’s get this straight right off the bat: I haven’t read the new Terminator: Genisys issue of Entertainment Weekly (or the script for Terminator: Genisys for that matter); however, I will admit I’m a little concerned about what’s been revealed.

I’m about to spill the beans, folks, so if you want to remain oblivious until you see Terminator: Genisys at the multiplex you should bail from here now.

Still here? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Apparently, the arc for Terminator: Genisys not only reboots the franchise it also re-shapes events from the classic first film. Peep it below:

“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.”

If this is indeed accurate, I’m not sure how to feel about this. This would mean Sarah was way ahead of Reese the entire time in the original. She knew exactly what was going on, even though she was acting like she didn’t know diddly squat. Furthermore, it completely torpedoes the arc of her character. I know I have to wait until I see the finished film to make a fair judgment, but this definitely concerns me. I don’t have problems with adding to the mythology, but altering the template from which it all grows…?

Co-writer Laeta Kalogridis is pretty tight with James Cameron; she executive produced (which really means did an uncredited co-writing job on) – Avatar. I also know for a fact she consulted with Cameron about the new script with co-writer Patrick Lussier, so I’m hoping there’s more to this blurb and they have something clever up their sleeves. Kalogridis and Lussier are more-than-competent screenwriters, so we’ll see if director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) can make it sing.

Matt Smith, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, and Byung Hun Lee star alongside the Ah-nold this time around.

Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures will co-finance along with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna.

Terminator: Genisys is set for release July 1, 2015.

Click the thumbnails for a closer look at the new EW covers.