Despite whatever misgivings fans and critics may have had about the most recent entry into the ‘Terminator’ franchise, ‘Genisys’ at least had a plan for where the franchise could have gone. It has now recently been revealed what the second movie of the planned trilogy would have been about had that particularly story been allowed to continue. According to the man who portrayed John Connor in ‘Terminator Genisys,’ there was a whole plan in place for the sequel, and it would have been all about explaining how the once-heroic John Connor ended up the villain of the film:
“What I remember was that second one was going to be about John’s journey after he was taken by Skynet…like going down to what he became; half machine, half man. That’s where the second one was going to start, and that’s about all I knew.”
Of course, that particular continuity is being completely discarded now with James Cameron once more directly involved with the 6th installment of the franchise, ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller stepping into the director’s shoes, and the rumor having it that the new movie will be a continuation of ‘Terminator: Judgement Day,’ ignoring everything that came afterwards. This might not be a terrible thing, considering the ups and downs the franchise has had as it passed hands between a lot of directors and studios, all of whom tried so hard to capitalize on the brand name and recreate the magic Cameron had perfected with the 2nd film in the franchise.
As for the ‘Genisys’ continuity, it would have been interesting to see how John Connor became the villain that he was in the movie especially after so many films watching him be this “Messiah” type character who was going to save humanity from the machines. Without ‘Genisys’ doing well, however, there was just no chance of a sequel being made, and if it was, little chance of it being the kind of success that the studio would want/need it to be to justify the kind of budget it would need. Plus, basing the whole movie around Jason Clarke’s John Connor almost sounds like a way they came up with to NOT have to try to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger for another movie as I’m sure his age and his paycheck were all difficult obstacles.
What are your thoughts here? Would you have wanted to see the origins of Cyborg John Connor? Or are you happy that Cameron and Tim Miller are taking a crack at bringing the franchise back to its roots? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below!