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Salvation: The Future Begins
5/20/09 - Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series, a six-part Web series tied to McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation movie, is now live on iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network. Produced in association with McG and Machinima Inc., the series uses real-time computer animation generated from the Terminator Salvation video game and is set against an original story written by Andy Shapiro and directed by Tor Helmstein. Fans follow Blair Williams (voiced by Moon Bloodgood, who reprises her character from the upcoming movie) on a journey that reveals the genesis of her involvement with John Connor's resistance unit two and a half years before the events in the movie. The cost per episode is $2.99 for HD and $1.99 for SD (where available). Fans can also sign up for a season pass and automatically receive future episodes every week for $14.99 in HD or $9.99 in SD (where available). The series comes from Halcyon Games, a division of The Halcyon Co., along with Warner Premiere and Warner Brothers Digital Distribution.
4/22/09 - The Los Angeles Times quotes California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as saying he may in fact appear in McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation. That is, if he doesn't actually have to do it himself. Warner Brothers is reportedly exploring whether it can insert images of Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator movie into the new film as the original T-800 cyborg. "I made it very clear that I don't have the time to do the movie," Schwarzenegger reportedly said. "I said that I would be willing to be in the movie if they get the technology together, and so they are working on that right now."
3/11/09 - Arnoldfans.com quotes California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger confirming that he's seen a rough cut of McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation, that he's reluctant to take part in it and that he's not thrilled director McG has been bringing him up as a way to promote the movie. "I said to the director when they began that I wish them the best of luck, that I'm happy that they move forward with the franchise, I am very happy with where I am with my profession as the governor, and they should try to find a way of doing a story that does not include me at all, not even one single shot in it," Schwarzenegger reportedly said. "I don't believe in that. To kind of have them go out and promote the movie and say, you know, 'Arnold is in the movie,' and everyone thinks that I'm the Terminator, and in fact you only see one second of me in there, and so I don't think that's the right thing to do. And, you know, that's the danger of that, and that's why I feel reluctant to be part of the movie in the first place. So it doesn't get promoted that way." It's been expected that Schwarzenegger's image might come to play in the movie, which in part charts the development of the iconic T-800 Terminator first played by the Austrian actor/politician in James Cameron's original 1984 Terminator. McG offered broad hints at WonderCon that a T-800 with Schwarzenegger's visage might figure in the movie. "One of the things we wanted to do was talk about the creation of the T-800," McG told the WonderCon audience. "It's difficult to tell who is a machine and who is a person. They've evolved. Skynet had to go through a lot of machines before they got to the T-800. They're harvesting humans so they can rip stem cells out of the back of your head to study."
2/20/09 - MTV.com has confirmed a story that Linda Hamilton is in talks to reprise the role of Sarah Connor in McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation. "We are talking," Hamilton told the site. "I haven't read it yet. I don't know what direction they will go in." MTV also confirms that Hamilton would be doing a voice-over for the film. Here's what McG told us: Hamilton would provide narration based on the tapes we see her recording for son John at the end of James Cameron's 1984 original Terminator to open and close the movie. "The tapes that she left for her son to be aware of what it was going to take to win the war, those are the tapes that are going to bring us in and out of the picture," he said. "I would probably be very happy to loan my voice, depending on what the material is," Hamilton told MTV.com. "Wait and see. They're already writing it. We've been negotiating it."
1/15/09 – SCI FI Wire reported that McG confirmed some rumors and shot down others about his upcoming Terminator Salvation. •He intends to talk with original Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton soon about providing a voice-over narration—based on the tapes we see her recording for son John at the end of James Cameron's 1984 original Terminator—to open and close the movie. "We're in the business of doing that right now," McG said. "So we'll see what happens. She seems to be very supportive of the film. I look forward to showing it to her in about a week or so." He added: "The tapes that she left for her son to be aware of what it was going to take to win the war, those are the tapes that are going to bring us in and out of the picture." He intends to incorporate themes from Brad Fiedel's original Terminator score in Danny Elfman's music for the movie, clearing up confusion over early reporting about Elfman's participation. He plans to screen the film for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger soon and to get his blessing. Rumors have circulated that McG would somehow incorporate Schwarzenegger's image or face into the film, perhaps as the embodiment of the T-800 Terminator cyborg; McG wouldn't address those rumors.
8/5/08 - Helena Bonham Carter plays a villainous character in the SF prequel, who just joined the cast of McG's upcoming Terminator Salvation. "I kind of play a baddie, definitely a baddie," Bonham Carter said. "I don't know how much I'm allowed to say, but I'm a very bad person." Bonham Carter is a new addition to the cast of the film, which already includes Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin and Bryce Dallas Howard.
7/29/08 - Bryce Dallas Howard takes over the role of Kate in the upcoming Terminator Salvation. Her character is the physician wife of the future leader of the resistance against Skynet and the machines. Howard's character--which was played in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines by Claire Danes--is now the adult wife of John Connor, played by The Dark Knight's Christian Bale. "For my character, because she is a physician, you really are trying to just to the best that you can given circumstances, and, I mean, I assume she's just finding books, and she's just talking to as many people who have survived at the hospital to learn techniques so she can continue to save lives," Howard said. "So that's been a really fascinating journey for me, personally."
7/28/08 - Anton Yelchin plays a youthful version of Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator Salvation. "You're really lucky when you have a) a script to work with and then b) a whole other movie to base your character off of and research, you know?" Yelchin said. "And the great thing about Michael Biehn's performance is it's very layered, and you get a very complex character in T1, so it makes it even more interesting for me to come and look at that complex character and say, 'How did he get there?'" Yelchin's Reese is a youth living in the wilds of the post-nuclear-holocaust world of 2018, trying to survive while eluding the machines of Skynet. Yelchin looked to touchstones in Biehn's character to inform his own performance. Yelchin's Reese eventually encounters a character named Marcus (Sam Worthington) and falls in with human resistance fighters led by John Connor (Christian Bale).
6/30/08 - Helena Bonham Carter may join McG's Terminator Salvation. Roles in the new film have been kept under wraps, but insiders described the Bonham Carter role as small but pivotal. Principal photography on the Halcyon-produced movie, which looks at the origins of the battle between humans and Skynet, started last month in New Mexico, with the idea that most exteriors will be shot before a potential actors' strike. Warners is scheduled to release the action film in May 2009.
06/02/08 - Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations to replace Charlotte Gainsbourg in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Gainsbourg was originally set to play Kate Connor, the wife of human resistance hero John Connor, played by Christian Bale. The actress had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts with another film.
05/23/08 - Warner Brothers announced that Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth installment in the SF franchise, began production on May 5 in Albuquerque, N.M., and offered new details about the movie's storyline and cast. Warner also offered new details about the film, which is set in post-apocalyptic 2018. Bale's Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. The film also stars Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Kate Connor, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams, Common as Barnes and Jadagrace as Star.
05/22/08 - Christian Bale is to play rebel leader John Connor in three sequels to the Terminator franchise. "He read the script, and he loved it, so he's signed on for all three," Derek Anderson, business partner of Halcyon films' Victor Kubicek. McG is directing the first prequel film, which is slated for release on May 22, 2009.
05/06/08 - Rapper/actor Common has signed on to co-star in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Christian Bale and Sam Worthington have already boarded the project. McG will direct from a script by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris and Paul Haggis. The film is eyeing a May 22, 2009, release. We'll keep an eye on this date. Our guess is that it'll change.
04/21/08 - Moon Bloodgood is in final negotiations for the female lead in McG's Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth movie in the SF franchise. Bloodgood will star alongside Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin in the sequel, which is being produced by Halcyon Co. and set for a Warner Brothers release in the summer of 2009. Bloodgood will play a no-nonsense and battle-hardened member of the resistance.
03/19/08 - Anton Yelchin is in negotiations to star as post-apocalyptic warrior Kyle Reese in director McG's Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Yelchin will play a teen version of Reese, the man who fathered world savior John Connor in the original Terminator film and who was played by Michael Biehn. Christian Bale will play John Connor in the time-traveling third sequel to the 1984 SF action film, produced by the Halcyon Co. and set for a Warner Brothers release in the summer of 2009. The film picks up with Connor, now in his 30s, fighting desperately to save a decimated civilization against machines that have taken control.
11/28/07 - Christian Bale will play a grown John Connor in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the upcoming fourth film. The movie is expected to reboot the franchise with a story set in the future, during the all-out war between Skynet and humankind. Warner Brothers plans to release Terminator Salvation in summer 2009.
11/02/07: Warner Brothers has acquired North American distribution rights to Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, triggering an early 2008 production start for a film that seeks to reinvent the cyborg saga with a storyline to be told over a three-film span. The movie is expected to reboot the franchise with a story set in the future, during the all-out war between Skynet and humankind. Warner plans to release Terminator Salvation in summer 2009. It's unclear if Arnold Schwarzenegger would have a role.
Update 3: We're hearing more and more about Terminator 4. It seems the fourth movie is near completion. There's been some talk about spinning another trilogy of movies that will tie into the TV series.
Update 2: Fox
has committed to a pilot for a Terminator-themed TV show
tentatively titled The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Variety
reported. Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar's C2 Pictures, which produced
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, has struck a deal with
Warner Brothers Television and writer Josh Friedman (War of the
Worlds) for the series, which will focus on Sarah Connor and her
son, John Connor.
Update 1: Nick Stahl was recently quoted that he nor Claire Danes will return in the next Terminator movie. It's unlikely Arnold will return either even though the grounds for a fourth film seem to be progressing. Still can't imagine a Terminator without Arnold!