James Cameron emerged from Pandora to bestow his blessing on the upcoming Terminator movie. You might think that endorsing the next installment of the blockbuster franchise he conceived is a mere Hollywood formality, but as directors Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) and McG (Terminator Salvation) can attest, Cameron can be stingy with his praise. As he says in a new video, courtesy of Yahoo, “The new film, which in my mind I think of as the third film, we see Arnold take the character even farther.”
In other words, Cameron prefers to think that the last two Terminator films, which he had nothing to do with and which underperformed at the box office, don’t exist. “[Genisys is] being very respectful of the first two films,” says Cameron, who’s busy making his Avatar sequels. “I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance.”
One thing that Cameron seems to like is the continued arc of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character, who began the series as killing machine, morphed into a protector for Judgment Day, and now has evolved into a battered and rusty father-figure in Genisys (he even ends us fighting his younger, bulkier self).
“It must have been fun for Arnold to watch the film, and see him fighting a 30-year younger version of himself,” Cameron told EW exclusively. “I think the young Arnold that they created is flawless. It’s a trip seeing Arnold fighting now, fighting himself then, and seeing how much his face has changed. It really puts the two characters in contrast in a funny way.”
Terminator Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor, opens July 1.