We are still very much in the dark as to just what the new Terminator film has in store, but star Jai Courtney has been doing the press rounds this week, and revealed some information on the film which is currently in post-production.
The Arnold Fans asked him a bunch of questions, and naturally one of those involved the films suspected rating. Courtney hinted that the film would likely be a PG-13, which will be either a 12A or 15 certificate here in the UK:
“I would love to see it be rated R, but I don’t think it will. I think in this day & age, it’s much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there’ll be a healthy amount of movie violence.”
Violence doesn’t mean everything in films, but considering the brutal violence of the first film, and the equally shocking violence in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (both we R-rated in the US), PG-13 seems pretty soft in comparison. I suspect the story will be strong enough though.
It also seems that the lower rating is key to box office success, and with two more films already announced, Terminator 5 needs to be a success. The next two instalments are due to be filmed back to back, according to Courtney:
“Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold. I guess we start filming – I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016.”
On filming Genisys, it was also revealed that the Endoskeletons were filmed using motion-capture, which may or may not upset die hard fans:
“The endoskeletons were shot using motion capture, not using practical puppets like earlier films: “the endoskeletons were funny, because they were really just guys in mo-cap suits running around.”
In another interview with the Huffington Post, the actor (who plays Kyle Reese in the film) tried his best to describe just how Genisys its in with the Terminator franchise:
“What I can say is that we start in a place we’re familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point. It’s not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don’t even know how you brand it correctly. We’re not remaking one of the early Terminator movies. And it doesn’t necessarily carry on from the point where we left off.”
Terminator: Genisys is written by Laeta Kalogridis (AVATAR, SHUTTER ISLAND) and Patrick Lussier (DRIVE ANGRY). David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (WORLD WAR Z, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS) of Skydance Productions are producing. Executive producers are Skydance’s Paul Schwake (WORLD WAR Z, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison (AMERICAN HUSTLE, HER), Kalogridis, and Lussier.
Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game of Thrones) is directing.
TERMINATOR: GENISYS stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (THE EXPENDABLES 1 & 2, TERMINATOR 1, 2 & 3), Jason Clarke (THE GREAT GATSBY, ZERO DARK THIRTY), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Jai Courtney (DIVERGENT, JACK REACHER), J.K. Simmons (MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, UP IN THE AIR), Dayo Okeniyi (THE HUNGER GAMES, THE SPECTACULAR NOW), and Byung-Hun Lee (RED 2, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION).
The TERMINATOR franchise launched in 1984 with Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.
The next two films, currently titled Terminator 2 and Terminator 3 (titles WILL change) will be shot back to back, and while zero details have been revealed, what we do know is the exact dates they will be released.
The new Terminator trilogy release schedule looks like this:
- Terminator: Genisys – July 1, 2015
- Terminator 2 (or 6) – May 19, 2017
- Terminator 3 (or 7) – June 29, 2018
We will bring you further details on this as they become available.