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James Cameron Talks Terminator (Salvation)

Published March 24, 2009 in Movie Posters
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Wired
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Now here's a cool little update from James Cameron. The director wrote a small little article on Wired discussing the Terminator franchise, thanks to all the recent attention to Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Though he reminds audiences that he has no involvement on that production/sequel, he does admit that he'll be sure to catch it in theaters.

Terminator Talk With Cameron


Terminator Salvation may be McG's installment, but the franchise as a whole still belongs to Cameron. The director, who is still working on this year's Avatar, has revealed what made him come up with the idea of a Terminator and the consequences of choosing Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the iconic role.

I've been fascinated ever since by our human propensity for dancing on the edge of the apocalypse. So when I wrote the first Terminator outline around 1982, I was just working out my childhood stuff. It was also born out of the science fiction movies and literature I grew up with. For the most part, they were warnings—about technology, about science, about the military and the government. You couldn't escape those themes or the fear of nuclear holocaust.

The idea of a hit man from the future trying to change past events was certainly not new. What I thought was cutting-edge was deciding to not have the Terminator be a guy in a robot suit. That's how it was typically done. But a flesh-covered endoskeleton? That was new.



Cameron does point out how ironic it is that a Terminator made specifically for blending in sticks out like a sore thumb thanks to Schwarzenegger's impressive build. No matter, as things like that moviegoers let slide; especially in the 80s. How does he plan on approaching Terminator Salvation?

I kind of turned my back on the Terminator world when there was early talk about a third film. I'd evolved beyond it. I don't regret that, but I have to live with the consequence, which is that I keep seeing it resurrected. I'm not involved in Terminator Salvation. I've never read the script. I'm sure I'll be paying 10 bucks to see it like everybody else.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Movie Page.


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