Terminator Reboot Director Credits Batman Begins as Inspiration

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There are a couple of problems that exists with the upcoming Terminator reboot. The first is that there isn’t a reason to reboot the franchise. The first two movies were fantastic – and original. This is not a comic book franchise, it is a franchise that was built on its own merits. The second problem is director Alan Taylor, the man who was recently credited with screwing up the Thor sequel enough that numerous re-shoots were needed.

Plus, the guy doesn’t have much praise for any of the movies not directed by James Cameron. While he still won’t admit that he is the Terminator reboot director, he had this to say:

“We all love the first two and I actually went back and watched them again and my respect level only went up. I think there is another famous franchise that had a wonderful beginning and then turned a little bananas….Tim Burton’s first Batman is just glorious and by the time it got around to nipples on costumes and all that stuff it sort of lost its way. And for [Christopher] Nolan to come in an say ‘I respect this material so much I’m going to take it up to *here,* that’s a great inspiration.’ I think any version, whoever is directing Terminator, would be very respectful and serve the first two and probably feel a bit more freedom by the end.”

Here is my problem with the entire Terminator franchise. The third movie kind of sucked because (a) Nick Stahl was the lead and (b) the bad guy could never match up to Robert Patrick. But, damn, I loved the ending. The fact that they went there and destroyed the world anyway was so daring.

As for Terminator: Salvation, I did not hate it as much as everyone else did but I think they should have kept the balls of the third movie and went with the ending where John Connor died and the man who controlled the resistance and sent back Kyle Reece to begin with was actually a Terminator (Sam Worthington) who thought he was John Connor. That would have been a spectacular ending.

Anyway, it looks like when Taylor directs the Terminator reboot, he will ignore the ending of the third movie and just start up from the end of the second, meaning it is less of a reboot and more like Superman Returns was for that franchise.

This is a messy situation because all fans wanted for years was to see the actual way between the humans and the machines, but when they finally got it, McG did not give them what they thought they wanted. I honestly don’t think anything will make anyone happy in this situation and fans will shit all over the Terminator reboot when it finally comes out.

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Source: Slash Film

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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