Damn you, James Cameron for getting my hopes high on Terminator: Genisys.
The director gave an interview about his experience watching movie prior to its theatrical release. He considered it to be “the third official movie that follows his two films”, which is pretty big praise coming from Cameron. Then I saw the movie, and while its easily the best since Judgement Day, its also not saying much.
Terminator: Genisys was a mess of a film that attempted to rewrite its own history. John Connor (Jason Clarke) was captured and turned into a T-3000 terminator, which would’ve been a ballsy move had it not been spoiled in the trailers.
Although its a pretty forgettable action flick, there are things in the movie that I did like. Arnold Schwarzenegger was pretty funny as an older T-800, and seemed really invested in the role. Another positive was Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. We all loved her role in Game of Thrones, so hearing that she’s the new Sarah was awesome. She ended up being a badass, and gave a performance that I thought was worthy enough to continue the character made famous by Linda Hamiliton.
Unfortunately, Emilia Clarke has come out and said that she will not be returning to the franchise.
If you weren’t aware, Genisys ended up earning a respectable $440 million at the box office, which has given Fox the confidence to move forward with another movie (they kinda have no choice since the rights revert back to Cameron in 2020).
Clarke wasn’t clear about whether she or the studio decided that she wouldn’t return. Normally when actors/actresses sign on to franchises, its with a multi-picture contract in place, but I have a feeling that isn’t the case here. Maybe Fox wants to move on from Genisys, and start over AGAIN.
If one thing is certain, its that Schwarzenegger will be back (pun) for T6. The actor has gone on record numerous times expressing his excitement. As for Clarke, this is likely a smart move for the young actress to abandon a franchise that keeps giving us more excuses to sigh at the thought of another movie without Cameron involved.
Here’s her quote on returning for Terminator 6 (via. SR)
“No. Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”