‘Terminator: Genisys’ Earns Endorsement from James Cameron

So, Terminator: Genisys, that’s definitely a movie. I’m pretty sure it’s coming out this summer. Not exactly certain on all the other details though.

It’s true, Terminator: Genisys is coming out on July 1st and it looks to continue the legendary sci-fi franchise by confusing fans everywhere. Is it a reboot? A prequel? A sequel? We don’t know and I have a feeling even after we see the movie we won’t be confident in that answer either. Even though this is another entry in a well known franchise, the amount of hype for Genisys is pretty low.

I would chalk the lack of hype up to two things. One, the marketing has been very hit and miss. We’ve had these images as the official debut of the new movie and these trailers informing us of what is to come. Simply put, the online community has had its fair share mocking the marketing campaign, the studio really can’t find a way to sell the movie. Secondary to the marketing, Genysis is being released in the middle of this historic Summer 2015 season. In the midst of Avengers and Jurassic Park sequels, maybe the Terminator franchise isn’t as appealing as it once was. Whatever it is, the interest isn’t there.

Paramount is doing everything they can to get the hype train rolling, and they may have just hit the jackpot. James Cameron, director/creator of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (as well as some small indie films called AliensTitanic and Avatar….he’s a real up-and-coming director) has officially given his endorsement of the new film. While this type of announcement isn’t groundbreaking (“filmmaker sits down with news outlet to say positive things about another film”), I think Cameron’s words do carry some weight in this situation.

Cameron lost the rights to his franchise during the 90’s and has no involvement in the following films (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation). While he has never gone on record and bashed the films (in the same manner fans have online), he did speak about the 4th film and was understandably underwhelmed,

“It didn’t feel to me to be enough of a reinvention. I mean the thing we did with the second film is that we reinvented the first film completely; spun it on its ass and made the Terminator the good guy, and came up with a whole new concept for a villain, it felt fresh. I didn’t feel the fourth picture was fresh enough. It also lacked a certain stamp of authenticity because Arnold wasn’t in it. I mean, he was in it briefly, digitally, but that’s not the same thing.”

In the Yahoo! feature above Cameron gives the new film some pretty serious praise. Calling it a “renaissance” and saying that he considers it “the third film.” That’s about as good as it gets when looking for thoughts from the series’ creator (especially if that creator is not involved in the new product). By saying this is the true Terminator 3 he is letting fans know that this is the real deal.

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While I don’t want to be naive and fall prey to a marketing machine’s overt confidence (we’ve all been there before), I have to say that with these comments I’m allowing myself to become excited for Genisys. The recent trailer revealed what most considered to be a spoiler and it has caused division among fans. With Cameron’s thoughts in mind (the idea that the franchise needs to reinvent itself with each entry) I can view the trailer with more optimistic eyes.

Whatever the hype level may be, Terminator: Genisys is being released on July 1, 2015. It is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, episodes of Game of Thrones), written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke.


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