From the moment they revealed that the name of ‘Terminator 5’ was going to be ‘Terminator Genisys‘ most fans and audiences had an inkling that the film was going to have issues. When it finally premiered in theaters, they were not disappointed. Sadly, that feeling of foreboding was not limited to those outside of production as apparently the cast and crew felt a similar sense of impending doom during the filming of the sequel. (Apparently, things were so sub-par that it was once reported that the crew of Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot considered themselves LUCKY not to have been involved in ‘Terminator: Genisys.’ And that movie was AWFUL and the stories from that set were ridiculous). In a recent interview, star Emilia Clarke (who was tapped to play a new version of Sarah Connor in the film) opened up about the experience and about director Alan Taylor, who she had worked with previously on ‘Game of Thrones,’ holding no punches when describing the rough atmosphere on set:
“[He was] eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.”
Clarke also stated that she was “relieved” that the film did so poorly with critics and audiences (and at the domestic box office) as it meant she would not have to return to the role for any future sequels, as she was done with the franchise. Of course, as luck would have it, Clarke would then go on to star in ‘Solo’ which would have its own behind-the-scenes drama with the directors, but at least ‘Solo’ appears to be opening this week to relatively good critical reviews and looks to be shaping up to be a more-or-less solid opening weekend. As for the ‘Terminator’ franchise, it has moved on from the story they tried to launch with ‘Genisys’ and given the reigns back to James Cameron, who is back as an executive producer for the 6th installment, enlisting ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller to direct the next installment, which apparently is going to ignore many of the sequels and instead be a direct sequel to ‘Judgment Day’.
What are your thoughts on what could have been happening on the set of ‘Terminator: Genisys?’ Could you sense the turmoil when watching the film? DID you watch the film? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!