Rumors are running wild about the plot of the green lit Terminator 5 and I’m kinda liking what I’m hearing. Recently Arnold stated he’d be back for Terminator 5 starring as a T-800 and most of the response (including my own) I heard from fans was that perhaps he was a little too old to be donning the shades again. But perhaps he’s really not starring as the legendary cyborg after all, but as it was originally thought as the man whose likeness was used fr the T-800. I always thought it was the perfect way to have him back into the franchise without getting too dang cheesy.
Now the rumor is something even more different than anyone originally imagined as reported today at Ain’t it Cool. The word one the web currently is that Dwayne Johnson could be cast as the first Terminator ever / or maybe a cybernetically modified human assassin sent back this time to the 1940’s. Here’s what they heard from some uncertain sources:
“Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.”
This contradicts Arnold’s recent comments about being “The Terminator” again. To me though i am kinda liking the sound of this storyline, it wouldn’t be a rehash of any of the previous films entirely. It would tell the story of the first time they tried the time travel thing (that you’d think they’d just give up after the first few flicks) but it wouldn’t rely on getting the whole old gang back together and most of all it might actually make the rest of the movies make more sense in the way it all may have chronologically went down?
As long as we don’t have Arnold making more cracks about “being old” anymore because that shit’s getting OLD and hopefully they bring back the spirit of the first film, more of a horror sci-fi story that keeps the plot smaller & more simple. Though I like this rumor thus far, I call bullshit, I think Arnie is gonna try and play the old part again and if so I think it’s a lost cause….what do you think?
It seems it’s confirmed Arnold will be appearing again soon as everyone’s favorite cyborg. It’s now been confirmed that he will be reprising the role as the killer/hero robot in the upcoming fifth film slated to begin filming in January. Sounds great on paper but I’m not so sure this one is gonna go over well onscreen. Arnold has aged significantly, even in Terminator 3 he was starting, in my opinion, to look a bit to aged to play the legendary role.
I originally thought he might be playing the creator of the T-800 in the next installment, which would make perfect sense but somehow it seems Hollywood just couldn’t resist trying to get him back in his original role. So what are they going to do about his, um, well..ahem changed face and physique? CGI over him? Not Cool. Just play the role the way he is now as an aged Terminator? Not believable. Heavy make up? Unlikely. A beat up Terminator with a ton of battle scars? Best option.
I can’t say I’m too excited about this announcement. I think there are roles that just don’t work for aging actors and this one here is a prime example. A Terminator is not supposed to age. We all saw how terrible Terminator Salvation was and how that CG Arnold stuck out like a sore thumb. So what do you think will be the solution to the old Arnold back in his classic role as a man machine that doesn’t age? Are you pumped for this next 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!