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People Say I Should Forget: Why the Terminator Reboot Is a Good Idea and Cast Suggestions

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 1, 2013 | Comments ()


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This past week Paramount Pictures along with partners, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures announced the upcoming Terminator 5 film will be the first in a three part series reboot (again). While usually I'd tend against do-overs, this idea excites me; at least, the possibilities do. Here's why:


1. Terminator Is a Series That by Its Very Nature Is Ripe to Be Revisited Again and Again.

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Robots/androids and cybernetics in general have always been fascinating (and terrifying)--both in fiction and as we have progressed, in reality. Our real-world advances are catching up to fiction and presumably, one day will surpass things previously only dreamed; by its very nature this technology is compelled to keep evolving, and so should these films. One would think we'd take heed and maybe be a little more careful than those we've read about or seen in movies and television, but it looks like we're hell bent on our own destruction by artificial intelligence. So why not look at the bright side--eat popcorn and check out all the angles of how it might go down? Zombie apocalypse? No worries at all, mates...artificial intelligence is coming.

2. We Need to Wipe Terminator: Salvation from Our Minds.

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McG's horrifically bad foray into the franchise is the last taste of Terminator we had, and by golly we need something to cleanse our poor palates. Christian Bale was shockingly awful with his boring and breathy version of John Connor; in fact, everything was awful except Anton Yelchin and maybe the mute kid. A Terminator with heart? You've got to be effing kidding me.


3. The First of the New Series May Predate Sarah Connor and Chart New Ground.

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Information has been all over the place and this news may not be reliable: there have been reports that Terminator 5 will be a prequel revolving around Sarah's parents, set in the 1940s or 50s. It has also been reported (but not confirmed) that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is being considered for a (mechanical) role. Note that the same source claims Arnold Schwarzenegger may be playing a heroic human (upon whose physicality his later Terminator is based), however Ahnuld himself says he's a Terminator. In summary, this could all be bogus, but I do like the prequel idea, and even the notion that the former Guvner's character was based on a good guy.

4. Casting Ideas for Sarah Connor's Parents.

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If the plot ideas above are true, these two...in 40s garb--can you imagine? Yes, they're a wee bit older than they should be: If Sarah was born in 1964-65, her parents would likely have been in their twenties during the specified timeframe. But, you know...movie magic!

If they truly are too old--and they probably are--let's go, say...

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5. Garret Dillahunt Must Play a Terminator.

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Fans of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will immediately know why; if you've never watched the series, it's so worth a marathon (anybody with me on kickstarting a movie?). Dillahunt's Cromartie aka John Henry was too brilliant to leave languishing in the black hole that was left by the series' premature cancellation.

6. Top Three John Connor Candidates:

Even if the focus is on his parents JC has to show up at some point, whether it be within the mainframe of Terminator 5, or at the end--as the jump-off for Terminator 6. Here are three fine young cannibals actors I'd like to see eff with Skynet's nefarious plans.


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Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Another Happy Day)


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Dane Dehaan (Kill Your Darlings, Lawless, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, "True Blood, In Treatment")


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Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer, Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class, "Skins, Wallander")

7. A Director We Could Trust to Give Substance Priority Over Effects.

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Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) has made science fiction his homebase and with only one feature film and a few trailers, has easily earned our confidence. Bonus skill: He writes great scripts and could bring along Sharlto Copley.


Terminator 5 is scheduled to be released June 26, 2015.


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  • Phillip Francisco McCauley

    Well now he has 2 with the release of Elysium, which I really liked. I have to agree he would be an excellent candidate to direct the film. However I remain uneasy about the idea of a Terminator reboot at all. The first two terminator films, judgment day being my favorite of them, are masterpieces. Of course we all know the first of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is also set to be released that year, but what if Disney had decided to reboot the series? To me, the Terminator films are just as important as any Star Wars film ever made in terms of storytelling and innovating the way films are made. Films like this shouldn't ever be rebooted, hell they shouldn't have made anymore movies after judgment day, but I much prefer a sequel over another one of Hollywood's god damned reboots any day. They need to stop, everyones getting sick of it.

  • e jerry powell

    Britton at least seems genetically credible, not that moviegoers place much stock in such things.

    I'll play along with the thought that Sarah Connor is closer to my age than to Linda Hamilton's, but to be fair, Linda Hamilton was 28 in 1984, and could have been playing 23 or 24 credibly at that point.

  • Ahhhh, the Terminator movies. This is how I got hooked on Pajiba in the first place. The comment thread on Hot Tub Time Machine evolved into a discussion on Terminator rules, and ended up with contemplations on the very make-up of the universe. I documented it here. http://heyrestinpeace.blogspot...

    I love you Pajiba, let's get scientific!!

  • Professor Lavahot

    We don't need a huge muscleman to be the Terminator (though Dwayne ccccould maybe nail it)...I still want the original concept of a Lance Henriksen-type guy...

  • Subversable

    I see one more reason the franchise is eternally ripe for another take. It is a story about a time war where each incursion into the past changes things. This means that it is one of the few franchises that can't be ruined by nitpicking fanboys, a rare case where the purest form of nerd-pandering is to spit in the eye of continuity instead of piling it higher and higher.

  • *lays down and submits to the fact that GOT's a year away, ignores all other news*

  • SamuelRiddick

    Random thought, but as I was scrolling it struck me how much that DeHaan kid looks like a young DiCaprio.

  • Ralf Brednhelsohn

    And he also has the talent. DeHaan seems to be building a great career based over really difficult characters for his age as DiCaprio also did in his early career (and maybe even more so).

  • NateMan

    If you want to make a good, new Terminator series, you gotta kill Sarah Connor. Kill her dead, with John still in the womb. Preferably in the delivery room, for full effect. Put 'em in the ground, and have someone else figure out what's going on and become the new hero of the resistance. Maybe the cop who investigates the murder, or someone who finds Sarah's journals or something. Show both the inevitability of history and how every time one of us gets stomped on another pops up to take his or her place.

  • Jerce

    everything was awful except Anton Yelchin and maybe the mute kid.

    The only thing I enjoyed in that chunk of crap was Dallas Howard. As I said at the time, my theory is she quickly realized she was trapped in an unsalvageable shit-show and decided to just have fun. I haven't seen a performance that grandly psychotic since Gloria Swanson played Norma Desmond.

  • JamesThomartes

    Dane DeHaan would be great. He gives me an Edward Furlong vibe, already proved he can play a badass really well and he's one of the best actors I've seen in a while.

  • Skywalkers4579

    DeHaan would be perfect for Star Wars as well. I loved everything he's done so far.

  • foolsage

    Agreed. He provided what is probably cinema's most compelling turn to the Dark Side, in my view. The kid has chops.

  • Cherit Quewstorrie

    i'm confused...is this a reboot or is it a prequel? if it's a reboot, then it's not "terminator 5", it's the first film in a series reboot, right? "batman begins" wasn't "batman 13" (or however the hell many batman movies there've been), it was the first installment of the franchise reboot.

    but if it's a prequel then they can't break new ground...otherwise they'd create so many internal contradictions that it would lucas the whole thing up.

    i'm excited for all the reasons you mentioned that this is exciting, but the fact that they can't create a coherent connection between the premise and the title does not bode well.

  • I suspect they may pull a Star Trek and say that it is an alternate timeline due to all the time travel. It is what they ended up doing with Sarah Connor Chronicles and Salvation, IIRC.

    You people are gonna get those two to bone somehow someway, whether in this franchise or GoT, aren't you?

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Let's just cut to the chase and focus on the boning. "Terminator 5 - the Making of John Connor". Or how about just "Ass Terminator". I'm sure we could get that funded.

  • BWeaves

    It's the dreaded "reborquel" patented by Pajiba.

  • Both? Terminator 5 is the current title, but I'm guessing that will change.

  • Repo

    You had me at Ezra Miller. I re-watched Perks again last night, and that kid has got the goods.

  • BWeaves

    " . . . but it looks like we’re hell bent on our own destruction by artificial intelligence. "

    Really? REALLY? I have you talked with Siri lately?

  • Captain D

    I'm personally hoping they get M. Night Shyamalan to direct with the twist ending where Skynet is about to launch an attack to wipe us out and then decides it needs to do nothing at all.

  • Fredo

    I don't necessarily like the idea of Skynet going after earleir and earlier Connor generations. The first movie said the resistance found the machine after 1 terminator went through, so they sent Reese and blew it up. The second movie says 2 terminators were sent and so they sent 2 protectors (Reese and a terminator). T3 went with 3 terminators and 3 protectors (Reese and 2 terminators).

    At what point do we get to feel like the resistance an Skynet are playing Dueling Time Machines, where each one sends someone back and the other one responds? Skynet sends a T-9000, Resistance sends a Chili-makin' Terminator to the Old West to protect Paw Paw Connor. Skynet sends a T-250000, Resistance sends a Terminator with one bad leg to England to safeguard Lord Jeremiah of Connor. Skynet sends a T-Infinity, Resistance sends an iPhone 3G to the Italy to protect Don Giovanni Connori.

    Where does it end?!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    This reminds me of a brilliant warm-up routine by Myq Kaplan., who talked about how every time travel is real, but it's not changing everything, and every time machine built, people go back to kill Hitler. So poor Hitler spent his entire life with Jews jumping out of nowhere trying to kill him.

  • My interpretation of the *possible* storyline wasn't necessarily that Skynet is sending back to Sarah's parents time, but rather of some backstory and Arnold's terminator origins?

  • ed newman

    Amen. About the only thing I appreciated about Terminator Salvation was the fact there was no time travel. It's better not to contemplate it too thoroughly, but I can't help it: why does SkyNet and John Connor keep sending single combatants back in time? Why not a god-damned army? Nobody learned a damn thing from Custer.

  • NateMan

    An Army of giant naked Terminators? Good gods, it'll be like the gay Apocalypse Michelle Bachmann's been warning us about all along!

  • blacksred

    Ohhhh an army of naked Rock Terminators!!!! I am ready to by my tickets!

  • emmalita

    I would watch that movie!!!!! Especially if Michelle Bachmann were in the movie being horrified by the gay apocalypse. And there should be a rainbow steam-roller ala The Oatmeal.

  • BWeaves

    When Skynet sends 2 Jurassic Park cloned dinosaurs back to Grok and whoops. Apparently they're weren't any dinosaurs back then and now there are, and which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • lowercase_ryan

    I support everything about this, especially the return of John Henry.

    Nihcolas Hoult would be good in the role.

  • John W

    Neill Blomkamp. Yes.

    Gwendoline Christie as the new Terminator? Or Sarah Connor?

  • Slim

    Blomkamp would bring something new to the story on a philosophical level and not just update the tech, that's what makes him appealing. Like our sci-fi gods of yore, he has something to say about humanity in his storytelling - something Cameron only winked at. But the studio people will want it to look like Transformers or some other dreck instead of being smart.

  • John W

    I wonder if he would accept the project if giving the opportunity for the reasons you've given.

  • Sarah Connor's mother, if that's the direction they take the story.

  • BWeaves

    Actually, that is one creepy photo of Jaime and Brienne. They just look weird in modern day clothing.

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