From a visual standpoint, Thor: The Dark World is an interesting sequel. It’s a serious departure from the world Kenneth Branagh set up with the first film, which was light and cartoony (in a pleasant way), but all those dutch angles and color-y rainbow bridges sure did make some snicker. For the sequel, there’s a grime to Asgard, and there’s a tangibility that director Alan Taylor was clearly hired to put on screen. The folks behind Terminator 5 are probably hoping he can bring that exact grit to the upcoming reboot.

Now, Alan Taylor says his attachment to the semi-reboot remains a “rumor,” but while speaking with him this morning in support of his feature debut, he stated that in such a way that makes it seem far more than just another meritless rumor. When asked if Terminator 5 would keep more in touch with James Cameron’s films than the series overhaul we see in Thor: The Dark World, Taylor described his take on this “rumor”:

“Well, I would bracket anything I say from hereon because this is still a rumor. But, within the context of the rumor, I think that’s a specific case of two wonderful films at the beginning and two films that came later which were less wonderful. I think you absolutely would feel free to define yourself up against the latter ones, but you want to serve the first two, trying to be on the level. The funny thing is, those 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.”

When I mentioned that I hope there’s truth to the rumor, Taylor said, “For publicity, I think I’m doing everybody a favor to leave it as a rumor.” Obviously Taylor’s had some serious talks with the folks behind Terminator 5, and after speaking with him, it sounds like he’s either a serious contender or already has the job locked up. No director would discuss a rumored project in the way Taylor did, unless they’re, of course, a shill.

Terminator 5 opens in theaters on July 1, 2015.

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