There’s been talk for sometime now that Alan Taylor (‘Thor: The Dark World‘, ‘Game of Thrones‘) was most likely going to be in the director’s chair for the reboot of ‘Terminator’. While he is still labeling that as just a rumor, for the time being he has opened up on what his vision would be if he was, in fact, the one taking over the franchise. First though, he wanted to re-stress that his involvement was just a rumor at this time:
“Funny thing was it came out really early, a reminder of what the blogosphere can do. I had one conversation, didn’t tell anyone and then all of a sudden, BOOM, it was online the next day. So my agent said, ‘You probably should know [this is gonna come up].’ It’s progressed a lot since then, but I’m still officially going to call it a rumor.”
One has to really ask themselves how much of this is just a rumor? It would appear he’s put a lot of thought into the subject matter on how to restart the beloved franchise that helped James Cameron (‘Avatar‘) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (‘The Legend of Conan‘) solidify their Hollywood status. First off would be how to address returning to the franchise with such 2 fantastic first films and their follow up installments only getting a lukewarm reception at best:
“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.”
So Taylor’s version would go the darker route a la ‘Batman Begins’. That film really gave a fresh breath of life into characters we already enjoyed. However, the director did state that he would keep true to was so successful about the first and second films in the series:
“The funny thing is, those [first] two films could not be more different than each other. The first one was more of a low-budget horror movie, while the second one was more an amazingly well-produced, glossy thriller with a sci-fi concept. They were both so successful, so there’s certain things you learn from them. If you’re going to try and enter the franchise, you better try to come in at that level. Also, it’s a challenging thing, because what they have in mind is a reboot but not an entirely different way of thinking.”
From these early thoughts, it sounds like ‘Terminator 5’ would be a dark almost horror themed piece of science fiction. That is,of course, assuming Taylor does end up in the director’s chair. Early rumors had also placed both Dwayne Johnson (‘San Andreas‘) as well as the original terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film. Will that still be the case? It’s too early to tell, though official casting should be announced in the near future if they want to stick to the June 26th 2015 release date.
Would you be happy to see an Alan Taylor take on the franchise? Would you want a fresh reboot or more of a continuation of the series? (Alternating the time line as they did in ‘Star Trek’ could allow them to pull both off at once!) Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Source: Slash Film