Well the big Terminator news this week is that Linda Hamilton will be returning to franchise to kick some butt in the next film produced by James Cameron & directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). This seems like great news for old fans as it also appears Arnold will return as well. I’m not quite sure if Arnold will be “The Terminator” this time around, I’m hoping they’ll cast him finally as the dude who the T-800’s human image was based upon. Whatever the case it seems that Hamilton & Arnold aren’t going to be cast in the leads either as Cameron is looking for an 18 year old woman to lead the reunited cast. This all sounds fine and dandy, BUT it’s clear there’s one thing missing….Edward Furlong dammit!!
Yeah, so I know he’s a bit of a hot mess it seems these days and his star power has severely faded into obscurity. However I think it’s come time for Furlong to get his shit together and get back in the game. I mean let’s really complete the reunion! I have a hunch fans would LOVE to see him back in the role of John Connor and this movie role might be the one thing that can get him to turn things around. But it seems that over the years he’s had some serious drug problems and domestic abuse issues which could get in the way of any future Terminator related roles. The same type of thing happened apparently with Nick Stahl who appeared as Connor in Terminator 3.
I’m not sure how people would feel about it or if perhaps Cameron doesn’t want to let the guy have a chance because of his severely troubled history. I for one think it could be a good thing, if indeed Ed could prove he was ready to start making some positive life choices. It would certainly add that additional hype and seriously up the nostalgia factor for franchise fans. I mean he’s only 40 years old, though he’s got a lot of cleaning up and exercising to do, the last I saw him he looked quite overweight. But still with the others joining the cast it would just feel right to get him on board…What do you think? Is is too late for Edward Furlong?
Hearing that Jackie Chan is going to joining third installment of The Expendables is great news for any action fan! He’s the perfect addition to the team assuming he’s a good guy and not a villain which I don’t think would be a wise casting idea. i also see this as a chance at maybe some better comedic moments. The second flick was pretty hit or miss in the comedy department, it tried awfully hard but Arnold was a bit stiff in his delivery although his presence was very well welcomed. I hope he returns for the third movie in an even bigger role and by that time maybe he’ll have his chops back to form. So adding Chan is a big deal and it makes me wonder who else will be entering the fold?
So the news of Chan joining is great but what about all these recent plot rumors? First we heard that the next movie was going to switch genres…we all assumed that didn’t mean it’d be a rom com co starring Julia Roberts. It’s been hinted at that the movie would be taking a more sci-fi theme which I think would be great. It’s even been rumored that Sly may finally use the “Hunter” book storyline that he has the rights to. Which would mean the team would be hunting down a gentically mutated mercenary gone on a sadistic killing spree. To me this would be the plot I’d like to see, done perhaps better than the 1982 Chuck Norris flick of similar plot “Silent Rage”!
It’s also been hinted at by Sly that new blood would be taking over as the third installment would see the old vets retiring and passing the torch to new younger guys who rely on tech like drones and computers to kick the bad guys asses. To me that sounds….lame. Finish the trilogy with a bang. Bring in Segal, Arnold, Mr. T, Ford, Bolo Yeung, The Rock or new guys like Iko Uwais or Tony Jaa. He also said a third possibility would be some females entering the fold. That sounds wonderful bring on Linda Hamilton, Michelle Rodriguez, Brigitte Nielson or yeah Grace Jones!! I have my hopes set high on a sci fi twist, it’d be perfect for the crew….what do you think would be the best for the final chapter?
I just read today that James Cameron has been giving Arnold some serious advice about signing on to another Terminator flick. He expressed to Arnold that basically the last two Terminator movies totally blew. Well I have to say he was right about that, Terminator 3 was a waste of time as it was essentially T2 with a new John Connor and a female version of the T-1000. Totally un-original and un-needed. Terminator: Salvation was a pretty bland attempt at showing the future struggle of Connor, but let’s face it it was pretty lackluster and the CG Arnold just didn’t cut it at the end. Nothing compares to the real thing.
So now what? Arnold is making movies again and naturally he’s got another Terminator movie in his sights. Camereon recently told him not to sign on for another film unless the movie’s main focus was the T-800. Well Cameron since you got your undies in a bundle why don’t you just write and direct the damn thing! My problem with all of this is simple & the question is clear – is Arnold too old to play the legendary cyborg? My answer is yes. I am all for sequels normally and older actors returning as their famous characters, but in this case we simply can’t have Arnold running around at 65 with the leather jacket and shades on reciting witty one liners. I personally thought he looked a little old in T3. Cyborgs don’t age…..or do they? Hmmm…maybe the rest of the skin and muscle ages like a normal human while the machine beneath stays the same? Not likely….but it’s an idea huh? Or they could have Arnold played a really haggard battle scarred T-800 like the one in the pic above-he’d have to sport some heavy make up but it’d work if he didn’t mind looking the part for the movie.
What I think should happen is the next Terminator movie should be directed by Cameron and yes Arnold should of course be the main focus. No questions asked. But, they should have him play the character in which the T-800 was based on, or perhaps Arnold is the man who created it in his image. Perhaps Connor comes back in time (played by Edward Furlong of course this time!!!) to save him as Skynet realizes that it’s creation actually worked against them as the T-800 seemed to always assist Connor in surviving all the past attempts. Any other plot is going to end up being too far stretched, but with the return of the original actors, done right with Cameron attached could be amazing.
It’s really a no brainer on how to do this film correctly, but alas this is Hollywood we’re talking about here folks and somehow they usually manage to fuck it all up…..here’s hoping they read my blog!