McG Plans to Convolute Time Travel to the Max in Terminator 5


Director McG hasn’t even released his entry into the Terminator franchise to the public yet and it appears as if he’s already got some ideas for another one. Along the press tour for Terminator Salvation (5/21), the much ballyhooed action director took some time to talk to the folks at Film Journal. Warning: Spoilers May Follow.

During the interview, McG explained what might happen, should he be tasked to direct another Terminator film:

I strongly suspect the next movie is going to take place in a [pre-Judgment Day] 2011. John Connor is going to travel back in time and he’s going to have to galvanize the militaries of the world for an impending Skynet invasion. They’ve figured out time travel to the degree where they can send more than [just] one naked entity. So you’re going to have hunter killers and transports and harvesters and everything arriving in our time and Connor fighting back with conventional military warfare, which I think is going to be fucking awesome. I also think he’s going to meet a scientist that’s going to look a lot like present-day Robert Patrick [who famously played the T-1000 in Terminator 2], talking about stem-cell research and how we can all live as idealized, younger versions of ourselves…

And this is where McG — even moreso than when he called upon Michael Bay to “whip it out” — might start some shit.

The essential problem with this thought, as Charlie over at io9 points out, is that McG’s idea goes strongly against the Terminator franchise’s one rule for time travel. You see, the only thing that can travel back in time in this universe is living tissue, everything else is destroyed in the transfer — thus the iconic ass-shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first film. As well, if SkyNet gains the ability to send machines like the Hunter-Killer (that big fucker) back in time, what is to stop the Robopocalypse from happening all over again, in ludicrous speed?

It all seems a bit wonky, if you ask me. Depending on how Terminator Salvation comes to a close, I would urge McG to stick to what seems to be working for him: the future. Going back into the past poses all sorts of continuity issues. Not to mention the fact that his stated idea seems to be walking down a road toward a place where time travel becomes a completely conveluted concept, obliterating the basic set of rules that this franchise has already set up.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 21, 2009.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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