For what seems like months we have been lost in speculation about the upcoming Terminator series reboot, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins that has been slated to go into production in the spring. Well, consider all the speculation put to rest. Sci Fi Wire news editor Patrick Lee caught up with Associate Producer James Middleton as he was in LA promoting the upcoming Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Lee cornered Middleton and got things straightened out, hopefully once and for all.

Middleton first confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger will not have any role or cameo in the film, which is the first in a planned trilogy, especially as long as he serves as California Governor.

He also went on to confirm that Christian Bale has accepted a role in the film, which still may or may not be the role of John Connor.

Middleton also gave some insight into the plot of the film: “It’s set after the events of [Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines], where we see the nuclear exchange at the end of the movie, and we show what the world is like after this event, and we show how people try to deal in a post-apocalyptic world. And we introduce a new character, who becomes very important to the resistance and to John Connor, a new hero. It’s really about the birth of a new hero.”

T3 writers Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato penned the script for Salvation, which will have McG (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, We Are Marshall) in the directors chair. Middleton added that they are “active in preproduction” and that if the writers’ strike ends soon they can do a re-write on the script and start production on April 21.

For me, this film is still out there in “not sure how badly it will suck” territory. It has been a constant battle back and forth between love and hate. McG directing was a surefire kick in the cinematic nuts, while Christian Bale in any way associated with the flick could be construed as a gift from the heavens. I can say this at least, it will be interesting to see where the production goes from here. And on that, we will just have to keep you posted.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins is on the board for a 2009 release.


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