Matt Smith joins TERMINATOR: GENESIS! Plus, new SPOILERY story details emerge

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From the sound of it, the upcoming reboot/sequel Terminator: Genesis will be employing some wibbly wobbly timey wimey logic to give the once vaunted franchise the swift kick in the pants it needs, and if there’s one person who knows all about wibbly wobbly timey wimey, it’s ex Doctor Who timelord Matt Smith. Clearly the folks at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Pictures have realized this as well, as they have cast the fan favourite British thespian in what is described by Deadline as a “major role that will grow in the second and third films.”

With all of the expected roles already being occupied – Jason Clarke as John Connor, Emilia Clarke (no relation) as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Day Okeniyi as Danny Dyson and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as the original Terminator – this would have to be a newly created role, specifically for the new trilogy. To me the fact that he’ll be in all 3 films hints at him not just being another robotic baddie for Arnie to say hasta la vista to, but it could be that he may just become the franchise’s first proper human antagonist.

And now we reach the point of the article where we say hasta la vista, baby to anybody that doesn’t want to read any SPOILERS for the upcoming flick. Honestly, this is nothing too shocking, actually just confirming something about the plot that we’ve already heard about several times. But it is a description of a very cool scene from the film, which some people might want to experience fresh in the cinema for the first time, in which case it’s time for you guys to bail out.

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Drew McWeeny over at HitFix has managed to get his hands on a draft of the Terminator: Genesis screenplay and has detailed one particular scene that explains just how this “reboot” will be tying directly into the original film, as we’ve heard mentioned previously.

Kind of like Back To The Future, the Terminator: Genesis script folds into the first film in the series…

…There is a scene in the script where, literally, we see the scene from the first Terminator film where Arnold steps out, the punks threaten him, he rips Bill Paxton’s heart out and takes his clothes and wanders off. And as soon as that scene ends, another Arnold Schwarzenegger who is older and bearded and a very different version of the Terminator walks in from the side and plays another scene right at the scene of that first incident.

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Just a note: McWeeny incorrectly identifies Bill Paxton as the man that Arnie kills, it’s actually Brian Thompson. Other than that slip-up though, what McWeeny describes is very cool. We’ve heard that Terminator: Genesis will be revisiting scenes and then changing them so as to setup a brand new timeline, and here we see just how that plays out. It’s the same tactic that JJ Abrams used with his 2009 Star Trek reboot.

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McWeeny does call this a “strange concept… not sure how they’re going to pull it off”, as unlike with Star Trek they will directly be revisiting scenes from the 1984 film, only now seen through different eyes. He goes on to say thought that while “there are some great ideas in Terminator: Genesis“, his concern is that “I’m still not entirely sure I’m getting anything new from this, or that it has to be made”, and that the franchise is just “treading water”.

Now it has to be noted that the draft of the script that McWeeny read is not necessarily the final version we will see onscreen, so there’s a very good chance that these issues will be corrected. Even if they’re not, I’m not expecting another Terminator 2: Judgement Day (though that would be awesome), but I just don’t want the franchise to suffer another damp squib like Terminator: Salvation. I mean, when Christian Bale can’t even save your movie…

Terminator: Genesis is directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) and is scheduled for release on July 1, 2015.

 

Last Updated: May 5, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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