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Fifth Terminator Film Wrapped and Renamed

Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger posted on his Instagram a photo of his Terminator/T-800 character sitting on a chair with the seemingly official name for the fifth installment of the Terminator series, now called Terminator Genesys. Yes, most knew the name was “Genesis” before the announcement, but the change to an incorrect spelling with a Y instead of an I, must be for a particular reason: so why the change?

Well, Empire magazine has made a good point on their page that the “Gen” might be for Generations, or maybe Genes.  Both make sense as the upcoming film is supposed to feature a younger version of T-800 so the film might take a look at Generations of cyborgs and their genes at the very beginning of their existence.

Another hint at the “genes” example was given by Schwarzenegger himself a while back as he said that the Terminator’s skin does age, but slower than humans’, and that he is no longer invincible (so we might find out why this happens in the film as well.) That’s all he said on his character’s state in the film, but what is the “sys” all about?

Empire reckoned it might be a reference to Cyberdyne Systems, which is the corporation that created Skynet in the original timeline, which now makes more sense as to why they combined the name of “Genisys” so they could hint at what themes will possibly be explored in the film.  More info on how Cyberdyne got started here.

So now the official title has been let out and shooting has finished in New Orleans, it leaves many wondering – why did Hollywood want to take the risk of bringing back the Terminator?

After the not-so-successful 2009’s Terminator Salvation, which was supposed to start its own trilogy but received mixed reviews from critics and fans, many Terminator fans were left feeling that that would be the last we would ever see of this franchise. However, after Pacificor won a 29.5 million dollar bid to bring back the series, the studio set about rebooting the franchise back into what made the original so good: a not-so-distant future, with only a few cyborgs which gives it a low sci-fi feel instead of a futuristic dystopia which would have more cyborgs, meaning the novelty will wear off on the main Terminator.

Pacificor hired director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) to work with Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Scream) on the script which is supposed to center around the events of the first two films, and is rumored to be bringing back a lot of characters from the originals, but played by younger and newer actors.

The Returning characters are confirmed so far as a young Sarah Connor played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), a young Terminator/T-800 played by Aaron V. Williamson (a fitness expert), Kyle Reese played by Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), John Connor played by Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Miles Dyson played by Courtney B. Vance (The Hunt for Red October), Danny Dyson played by Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), and of course Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It’s a young, but still experienced cast with the most interesting choice being the fitness instructor, Williamson, who was probably chosen on account of being of a similar build to Schwarzenegger in his younger days. Williamson will most probably be wearing prosthetics on his face to make him look more like Arnold in the film.

Another rumor says that this upcoming installment will be less in the vein of J.J Abrams’ Star Trek reboot but more like Back to the Future Part 2, where the characters will revisit original moments and either watch them unfold the same way, or prevent them.

It’s no doubt a tough enough project already to create an original Terminator movie, but when you have to create a story with existing characters, it’s an even greater task as there is hardly any room for error.

I for one cannot wait to see what they do with the series; hopefully it will be in keeping with the same tone that James Cameron’s films had from the 80’s and 90’s. Let me know below whether you think Terminator Genisys will work or not.



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