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McG Talks Terminator 5

Published May 4, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, FilmJournal
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Though Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is supposed to be the beginning of a new trilogy, only the sequel has been greenlit so far. The strange part is that Terminator 5 will take place before Terminator 4.

Terminator 5 Talk


Taking advantage of time-travel, McG admits to FilmJournal that John Connor will be popping through time in the sequel. While Terminator Salvation takes place in 2018, a lot of Terminator 5 will happen in 2011. Er... Sounds complicated.

Unlike the previous three Terminator installments, the plot of Salvation doesn't revolve around Skynet, the A.I.-empowered computer system that controls the machine army, sending one of its soldiers back in time in an attempt to change the future. Instead, all of the action occurs in the year 2018, before Skynet has developed the ability to time-travel. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have a few surprises up its sleeve. In a development that John's mother/mentor/drill sergeant Sarah Connor (who does not appear to have a role in the film, one of the few elements from Terminator 3 that carries over into this installment) never foresaw, Skynet has been experimenting on surviving humans in an attempt to fuse man and machine. The resistance rescues one of these "hybrids," Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), who resembles a normal person on the outside but underneath packs more iron than Iron Man. "The Marcus character is a real exploration of what it means to be human," McG explains.



As hinted in the trailers, Sam Worthington's character will carry tons of importance in Terminator Salvation. Being half machine and half human, McG touches on the character's relevence to the story.

"You can have metal bits and pieces running through your body, but it doesn't make you any less of a man. And the question is, where do you become a machine and let go of your humanity? I did a lot of thinking about Christopher Reeve and the idea that if you lose control of your four limbs or body, does it make you less human? Of course, the answer is no; many would argue that Chris Reeve became more human [after his accident]. So where does the soul reside, where does humanity exist? Not in your arms, your legs or your torso. That's what the movie is all about—the nature of what it is that makes us human."

Check out the entire discussion with McG on the Terminator franchise here.

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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