No, it’s not a typo from an old man trying to use Twitter – ‘Terminator: Genisys’ has been confirmed as the title for the latest installment of the ‘Terminator‘ franchise. Star Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a photo of himself on set immediately after production wrapped with the official title written on the back of his chair (below), with Paramount corroborating the title shortly afterwards.
Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup – we couldn’t have done it without you. I can’t wait to see our finished project and I know we’ll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I’ll be back
While not much different from the title that had already been announced, ‘Terminator: Genesis,’ speculation abounds that the spelling change might indicate a major plot point in the film. In Schwarzenegger’s photo you can make out the word “Genisys” displayed on the screen in the background, and the inclusion of the partial word ‘sys’ has led some to speculate that ‘genisys’ might be the sys-tem for time-travel in the future. All of which ties into internet rumors claiming this movie will be heavy into time-travel, with Schwarzenegger’s aging Terminator going back to alter the events of the original movies of the franchise. Whether this leads to new creativity and a refreshing ‘Star Trek’-ish reboot of the beloved franchise is anyone’s guess, but Schwarzenegger is signed on for two more films. Even if he was a robot, I’m not sure that model has two films left in it.
Already shots of Schwarzenegger on set in the classic Terminator back t-shirt and jeans have made their way onto the internet, and its very clear just how many years have passed since the man last donned the costume. While they could use a little CG magic to de-age the film titan (very unlikely), one has to wonder how exactly the story is going to account for the apparent aging of what is supposed to be a metal robot wearing synthetic skin. (And no, trying to hide the wrinkles behind ‘battle scarring’ is not going to fool anyone)
Unless judgment day occurs between now and then, the Alan Taylor directed film will hit theaters on July 1st 2015.