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McG Updates Blog Again for TERMINATOR

Another update for the blog of the upcoming Terminator trilogy.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 04, 2008
Source: Official website

Director McG is getting production into full gear for the first installment of the new Terminator Salvation trilogy, the first one being called Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. With his first entry into a new official blog a few weeks ago, he gave us a conceptual art (seen on the left) of a planned scene. Now, the director has made another update, which you can see below.

One Possible Future

We're in the middle of week five. The New Mexico wind is kicking the shit out of the crew but providing a perfect backdrop for our post-apocalyptic world.

Sam tore a muscle on the left side of his ribs in a fight sequence. Neither of us wants to use a stunt double.

This movie takes place several years after Judgment Day, but prior to 2029. Just like it took a long time to get an HD plasma screen in our world, it took Skynet a lot of research and development to get to the T-800, and this movie explores that "space between." We have all been fascinated with the world after Judgment Day. Here it is.

In this film, there are Hydrobots that patrol the water, Transports that move human prisoners around, Harvesters that collect human beings as lab rats for Skynet and Aerostats that survey all that is going on with the resistance the world over.

We've started shooting the T-600 - the bigger, grimier, nastier version that preceded the T-800.

Like Reese says, they're easier to spot but they pack a mini gun and carry kick ass fire power. They're eight-foot tall killers that prowl the badlands looking for anything with a heartbeat to terminate.

Stan Winston, Production Designer Martin Laing and ILM came up with the designs and that thing is on Kyle Reese's ass throughout the entire picture. Wanted to achieve that bummer, rubbery skin, prosthetic look that cloaks an unrelenting machine with a singular focus of killing.

More to come...

Also, I realize my name is ridiculous. I was born Joseph McGinty Nichol. McG is short for McGinty. I have been called this since the day I was born to create separation from my Uncle Joe and Grandpa Joe. I realize it sounds like some Hollywood nickname, hip-hop choice. But the truth is, this is simply my name - for every day of elementary school, every zit-filled day of high school. I have been taking shit for it ever since. I get it, I would think it's lame too. But it's just a name, and to change it now would seem fraudulent.

Oh yeah, don't get too uptight about the prospect of the film being PG-13. We have entertained the idea of a PG-13 rating largely because Batman Begins, in my opinion, was made compromise-free. So we'll see. The movie comes first and it will be protected at all times…

By the way, there are only three people who know the ending.

The unknown future rolls toward us.

McG

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Dazzler 6/4/2008 4:36:15 AM
Problem is the ending is set with the humans winning taking out Skynet which prompts the Terminator being sent back in the first place. Anything else and it's crap.
monkeyfoot 6/4/2008 7:02:00 AM
This is why I love when directors and producers do this sort of thing. When they know they are working on a project with a big fanbase, it is at its simplest great PR and and its most a wonderful way to bond with the lovers of your film to provide regular updates. It almost looks like he was reading the previous Mania posts. McG, if you're out there, I originally had my trepidations on doing a new Terminator trilogy run by new producers and a new director. At first it struck me like those recent remakes of 80's horror movies. They were producers trading on the name of some classic just tio make a cheap "re-boot" in order to make quick money. But as I've read more on this new Terminator, I can see the passion and enthusiasm of what you believe to be a great idea that you want to bring to the screen. I'm pulling for you guys! Can't wait to see what you've got in store.
Wiseguy 6/4/2008 7:13:53 AM
Well I feel better now that he's putting the movie itself ahead of the rating. There was a crazy rumor going around about J.Connor, but I guess that with all the secrecy he won't confirm or deny anything. Looking forward to seeing their version of the Matrix world and all the different robots. I don't care if they change the ending,which I bet they will, as long as it makes sense and satisfies. HELL THEY KEEP CHANGING THE TIMELINES AND EVERYTHING ELSE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE T.V. SHOW SO WHY NOT. OOPS, CAPS. McGinty? I don't blame him for going with McG.
Hobbs 6/4/2008 7:22:22 AM
LOL well alot more people are about to know the ending McChicken if the below spoiler is correct. You have killed one of my favorite franchises so I won't be surprised if the below is correct. Man after reading this spoiler James Cameron has got to be rolling over in his grave...oh yeah he isn't dead yet at least not until after he watches this film. MAJOR SPOILERS The original AICN report says that the character of Marcus (Sam Worthington) was a criminal who was executed in 2003 and donated his body to Project Angel which was involved with SkyNet. They use his body and make a Terminator out of him. It goes on to say that at the end of the movie John Connor (Christian Bale) is fighting a T800 model 101, loses and dies. The fellow leaders of the resistance feel it's important to keep the image or idea that John Connor is still alive so they rip off Marcus' skin and put John Connor's on the skeleton so now Marcus is John Connor. CHUD added these comments - " I can't confirm that last part completely, but it gibes with everything I have heard from multiple sources. I wasn't sure if that aspect was changing after the writer's strike - Connor's role has been beefed up considerably since I first got my information - but assuming that Moriarty's source is talking about the latest drafts (and be aware that he could be talking about the same drafts I was talking about six or seven months ago, which may be very outdated at this point), this spoiler is right on the money."
joeybaloney 6/4/2008 7:47:48 AM
Never really had a big problem with him. The first Angels was good. Not so much the second. Ain’t seen Marshal but I enjoyed the Chuck pilot. Did seem an odd choice for something so sci-fi heavy but after this I feel a lot better. Seems like a smart guy who definitely respects the source material and is clearly paying attention to what the fan boys are saying. monkeyfoot I’m with you on that. It’s great that he’s interacting with us and is even telling us to get over the name. Plus he’s worked with Cypress Hill so obviously he’s a man who enjoys his freedoms ;-)
hanso 6/4/2008 8:13:10 AM
I feel better just cause they mentioned Batman Begins. The Dark Knight owns all!!!!!
fft5305 6/4/2008 8:30:26 AM
First Angels kicked ass. And let's not forget, he's a producer on Supernatural. I didn't know that he had directed the pilot on Chuck. Love that show. Can't wait for it to come back.
Wiseguy 6/4/2008 8:42:46 AM
Hobbs, that's the same rumor I was told about. I just can't believe they'll roll with that though. Plus it goes against the Arnie terminator being the one that kills JC as told in T3. I expect twists but something like that would piss a lot of people off. I don't see it happening.
thelle7 6/4/2008 9:16:26 AM
I personally do want want to see it, because they have already done a whole movie using the concept - Face Off. Once is enough.... And yeah, stick to the story line or deviate which makes sense. I love the show, but sometimes I felt myself saying... "oh come on, bull$hit!"
rgtchtiger 6/4/2008 10:29:16 AM
I am most likely going to see this, barring the trailer looking too over the top. McG's clearly got his heart in the right place in making this film, and that makes me feel a bit better about him directing the film. He sure sounds like the story is what will drive the film, and not necessarily the action sequences, special effects, or makeup on the Terminators. I read the AICN report on the supposed ending of Terminator: Salvation, and frankly I think it's a little too ridiculous. I think it could work as an ending for Part 2, but not the first one. There are many logistic questions that come to mind, but I'll hold off on asking them unless the ending is proven true. One thing about his remarks puzzled me though. While I agree that Batman Begins was made compromise-free, isn't that the wrong film to compare this project to? Batman wasn't a post-apocalyptic sci-fi war film, unlike Terminator: Salvation. If you want to compare this film to something like Waterworld, that's another story. And Waterworld is certainly an example of a film that took a wrong turn or six in its production.
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