It appears Paramount is doubling down on the ‘Terminator’ franchise, as they have procured release dates for 2 sequels, meaning they already have some serious faith in the film. Which is very exciting, as the other news about the PG-13 rating for the film makes some of us a little nervous. But as Jai Courtney (who will be playing Kyle Reese) said in a recent interview:
“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.”
He also spoke on the sequel plans, stating that idea is that the 2 sequels will be shot back to back in 2016, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning for both.
“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.”
So from a certain point of view, all signs are pointing to this being a serious upgrade from the last few entries in the franchise. Arnold is back, they brought back the love story (as mentioned by J.K. Simmons last week), the studio has enough faith in what they’re seeing to order sequels, and apparently they’re neither rebooting nor just continuing the story as is, which must mean they’ve got a great story in mind for keeping the story fresh and interesting. (potentially similar to how J.J. Abrams used time-travel to neither reboot nor continue the ‘Star Trek’ franchise). Here’s Courtney’s statement on the matter:
“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 Terminatormovies. And it doesn’t necessarily carry on from the point where we left off.”
All of which means this will most definitely be on my radar as a movie to look out for when it opens in 2015.