Devin over at Chud has confirmed with several of his sources and ironed out some wrinkles regarding the upcoming Terminator trilogy.? Producers are planning movies numbered 4, 5, 6 in the series made famous by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This time around director McG (Charlie’s Angels, We Are Marshall) is stepping in to helm the first movie in the planned second trilogy.? Everything seemed like a joke until producers landed a casting coup convincing Christian Bale to play the part of humanity’s savior John Connor.
And now we sort of know what happens in the film.? Despite producers claims that John Connor will have a large role in the fourth movie, tentatively titled Terminator Salvation: Fight the Future, that is not the case.? His role will be expanded for movies number 5 and 6.
John Connor is not the main character of Terminator 4; that character is someone named Marcus. Marcus was put ‘out of commission’ before the nuclear holocaust on Judgment Day and he wakes up about 15 years before the future we see in the original Terminator films, which puts the movie at about 2015 or so. Marcus is a bad ass – think along the lines of Riddick – and what he finds is a blasted world filled with horror. Radiation poisoning, starvation, rampant jaywalking – all the things you expect post-apocalypse. There’s also John Connor, who is trying to build a utopian society while running the human resistance.
Connor’s role is apparently bigger in the second film; whoever they hire for Marcus (my understanding is that the part is not yet cast) will be around for all three films. Terminator 4 is going to be the most male-centric of all the Terminator films, but there is a butt busting female character by the name of Blair, a pilot for the human resistance.
They’re going to need some buttkickers, because the scope of the action in Terminator 4 is HUGE. Lots of machine action in this film, including some battles with the T-600s. Yup, the rubber skin Terminators. And there’s another familiar character that shows up – Reese shows up in a scene with John Connor. I don’t know what his involvement in the next two films will be, though.
Sounds like maybe this new Terminator franchise won’t suck, but I won’t hold my breath.? Though it certainly won’t be difficult to top T3: Rise of the Machines.? That movie was just awful.