Director Justin Lin Talks about Possibility of Directing a New TERMINATOR Film

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In February, we reported that Universal was interested in resurrecting the Terminator franchise with Fast Five director Justin Lin at the helm.  Our partners at Omelete spoke with Lin today at the Fast Five press junket and got him to comment on the possibility of reviving the Terminator franchise.  Briefly, Lin says he has a take on Terminator he would like to see and that he’s spoken with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  However, he’s also looking at other projects and hasn’t decided what will be his next directing gig.

Hit the jump for the full quote from Lin.  Fast Five opens April 29th.

Omelete: Speaking of big-budget movies and studio franchises, there’s a lot of talk about you getting to do the Terminator franchise.  Is this happening?  Are you looking forward to it?

JUSTIN LIN: I think one of the great things is that when I got started, no one would return my calls, and now I get a lot of phone calls, which is good.  I have options.  Terminator was one of my favorite films growing up.  And I feel I have a take that I would love to see, and I’ve talked with Arnold and we’ve talked and we’ll see.  Again, I would love to do it, but it has to be the right circumstances.  It has to be the right people.  And there’s other projects too.  But I’m in a position now that I can choose more than I could a year ago, two years ago.  So that is something that is potentially in my future, but when I get home I will sit down and look at my options and choose what I want to do.




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  • Rebecca Honey

    I was hoping they only make another Terminator film if the script was good and that they hopefully conclude the movie series.

    When they announced that Helena Bonham Carter was playing the main villain in Terminator: Salvation, I was expecting her to be the Skynet equivalent of the Borg Queen from Star Trek. I was so disappointed in the end when I saw the film and it was a wasted opportunity to have a really iconic and memorable villain in the franchise. They should have had a confrontation between her, Christian Bale and Sam Worthington towards the end like with Picard, Data and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact’s climax.

  • IllusionOfLife

    If Justin Lin directs we’re going to have another T3 crap fest. Even if you hate Terminator Salvation, you at least have to acknowledge that it tried to take the series in a serious mature direction, T3 was just a farce, and that’s what I predict will happen to a Justin Lin directed T5.

    • Guns Of Navarone

      Totally agree with you. I think he may be another Jonathon Mostow.

    • Matt1

      F jonathan mostow, F justin lin and FUCK MCG!!! I refuse to pay for another movie with ‘Terminator’ in the title unless Cameron is involved (at least consult with the dude like Nolan on ‘Man of Steel’!). Anything less is straight disrespectful to the man who created it all.

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  • DJMarkus

    Seriously?
    You thought “Salvation” was better than 3?
    Wow…
    “Salvation” was SO bad!
    There was nothing “mature” about it!
    It was made for 13 year olds!
    And the ending with the heart…I saw that coming a mile away…so stupid!
    3 had it’s problems,but it was fun and entertaining…sure they rehashed a lot from 2,but “Salvation” gets worse and worse with every viewing!
    And SO many missed opportunities as well!
    Instead of telling us Marcus was a machine from the beginning,hell they even told us in the trailer,they could’ve surprised the audience with that when the characters figure it out…that movie totally banked on the popularity of Christian Bale and spent zero effort on story!

    • IllusionOfLife

      Perhaps it’s been a while since you saw T3 so let me refresh your memory:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inPijjFNNSI

      Yeah, there were plenty of missed opportunities in Salvation, but the point is that it had potential. It got bogged down in places by bad writing, but there are moments of the film where you can truly see what could have been and it’s actually really good.

      T3, on the other hand just takes everything from T2 and makes it a joke, it’s more a parody than a serious entry in the franchise. Salvation tries (and perhaps fails) to tell a mature story about a machine that thinks he’s a man, and has elements of redemption and sacrifice; T3 has a hot robot and a male strip club. Which one is for 13 year olds again?

      • THGhost

        13 year olds aren’t allowed in strip clubs. Salvation is the 13 year old movie, not T3.

      • Chris Morey

        Totally agree with you Jason. Terminator 2 effectively ended the series. Why keep milking it? The last 2 attempts were failures when compared to the original source material. Some people are saying Salvation was better than T3. I personally think it’s pointless to compare because they are totally different movies in regards to tone. They share character names and robots. That’s about it.

      • raymond

        dude, put the crack pipe down and step away from the computer.
        terminator salvation was soulless rubbish,just like clash of the titans and transformers 2. the first of those series were fantastic and often talked about. the follow ups made my eyes bleed after five minutes of exposure

    • The.Watcher

      Salvation was pretty damn bad. T3, however, had NO redeeming features in it whatsoever. It was horrendous and deserves to burn in the proverbial flames of cinematic hell for eternity.

      I can’t understand these suits – “Hurr Hurr, let’s give Terminator to the guy that makes the Fast & Furious movies – cos we all know what a shining example of quality film-making that series is!”
      Why don’t they just give it to someone who is competent and give them free reign?

      As a side note: I’d be incredibly interested in seeing what Guillermo could come up with in relation to the T-series. Weird choice, I know, but he has everything needed to make a great sci-fi – he’s an excellent director who knows how to stage moods, film action scenes and he is incredibly imaginative.

      • dogg

        T3 had one redeeming feature: they had the balls to actually blow up the world at the end of it. In spite of it being a lousy movie, I left the theater with some grudging respect just for that. Salvation was a complete waste of time.

      • junierizzle

        I agree with DOGG.

        Some of it was just stupid but the ending was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Alan Stowe

        He’ll put eyes in the Terminator’s hands and you’ll only see them for five minutes and they’ll just be a dream, even though the film will advertise them as a main character.

        They should give Terminator to Neil Neill Blomkamp or Alfonso Cuaron. Or have Ridley Scott just remake Black Hawk Down with Terminators in it…

  • this is SPARTA!

    lin has the potential to put a huge mistake on his resume should he try this out the t franchise vision can only be seen by few directors/writers

  • TheTrickster

    And here we go again…

  • tarek

    Salvation was as good as was Ang Lee’s Hulk.

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  • DaDaDa-DaDa

    What would be really cool, would be more of an origin styled story. One that goes further into the special features that showed when they were getting the body match for schwarzenegger to be the body of the terminator on I think it was t3, t2? The one where he had the crazy southern voice. That would be both hilarious, and interesting to see where they go with that. Like why he was chosen, what wars that man had seen and what not. I dunno, just a thought.

  • MKULTRA

    Whatever happened to the 30-40 minutes of extra footage McG talked about on this site?

    Here:
    http://collider.com/entertainment/tv/article.asp?aid=11845&tcid=1

    I think if there was a longer version that had all of that character development that was cut out back in, the film may get more respect. Salvation, in my opinion, was missing that, and the ending didn’t need that dumb heart transplant ending. It was well shot and you can see they tapped into certain areas of the Terminator universe but didn’t follow through with them. That film NEEDED to have that R rating to make it feel more like a war film. The other films were R but for some reason the studios always want that little bit of extra cash up front instead of getting it in the long run.

    I say unless you get Cameron back on this franchise…..just leave it alone…at least for about 10 years.

    • Guns Of Navarone

      Terminator 1 and 2 were R. 3 was PG13.

      • Matt1

        Seriously!? Why are you even commenting if you don’t know your shit?? T3 was PG not PG-13!! Get it straight man!

    • Gary

      @ Guns Of Navarone

      T3 was rated “R” not “PG-13.” Because of scenes like when the TX put her hand through the front seat of a car and through the cop who was sitting in it so she could drive the car from the back seat.

      That one scene is more awesome than anything in Salvation (Terminator Lite), which is the only “PG-13″ terminator movie. That movie sucked. Bale’s acting sucked. It didn’t even have a great car chase scene; a staple for any real Terminator movie. Unless you count the scene with the terminator-motorcycle hybrids, which were useless.

      I also thought it was funny that none of the leaders of the resistance thought that “The Signal” might be a trap and decided it would be a good idea to broadcast it from their base. lol

      • Beans

        No, the funniest part of Salvation was that one scene when Kyle made those hand signals to the little girl to cut the wire. She was supposed to be mute, not deaf! And where did Kate get all that makeup she was wearing? Why didn’t they just kill Kyle when they had him instead of throwing him in a cage? Okay, I need to stop now…

  • Pete

    I wished they stuck with just terminator movies (1 and 2), 3 was bad, and salvation isn’t a terminator movie. I hope they stop leave and leave it for a while

  • Beans

    T3 and Salvation were both so bad I can’t even watch the first two, and they were my all-time favorite movies, ever. I just cringe at what they made the grown-up John Connor, who is supposed to be the end-all hero, into…a pussy, whiny, growling, self-absorbed crybaby.

    For me, they can either do something that erases both T3 and Salvation (retell the story of what he was doing the day the bombs dropped and make him the hero and leader by the end of the film) or they can just become their own human centipede. I won’t swallow anymore of their BS, so they can suck on it themselves.

    • BrokenCat

      i agree with beans, the worse thing they did with the tv series and t3 was to make conner into a ‘why me, i didnt want this’ crybaby whiner. t3 should have had conner living off the grid sure, but as a strong independant confident person. the whole reason he would have been the leader of the resistance is because of all that happened in the past, by the time everyone was going omg!! whats happening, hes already got a plan, has already seen and faced the enemy. No wonder he becomes the leader and savior of the resistance.
      t3 was a mess, in the acting, in the messing up of the timeline, in conner, t2 was such a great story, great pace and timing and you get investing in the characters, t3 had none of that, sure it was an explosion popcorn movie, but i just didnt buy it, as i did with the 1st and 2nd.
      whoever makes the next one, must have the same vision cameron did with this.
      i think they would fail if they rebooted, only because as james said, he always seen the first movie as a love story, a reboot would only care about the bang bang explosion cg effects…and no story, or at least, no where near what cameron did.

    • The.Watcher

      John Connor was a pussy and self-absorbed cry-baby in T2. He’s the main reason I don’t particularly care for the sequel… the original is one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Right up there with Blade Runner, Alien, the original Planet of the Apes, 2001 and Children of Men.

      • Beans

        I agree that the Connor character has never been done right after the 1st movie, but in T2 I forgave them because he was just a little kid (as annoying as he was). After that, there were no more excuses. BrokenCat is right about the TV series; there was one episode where it was revealed that *he* killed that guy who had taken him and Sarah hostage and I thought “Finally! He’ll be a hero now!” And then like two episodes later he’s crying to mommy “Why didn’t you protect me? Why did I have to do that? waa waa waa” God I wanted to put a screwdriver through my head.

        The whole back-story of the 1st movie is that Connor was brave enough and bold enough to stand up and fight and that’s why he was the leader and hero and needed protecting. In T2 he was at least spunky if not annoying, but after that movie they just spit on the character and the entire story Cameron had created.

  • T-1000000

    Why not get James Cameron back and make a real terminator movie? have his awesome vision of the future war, and make 1 big 2 parter end all to the franchise where Jhon conner finally defeats skynet, and sends Kyle Reese, and the t800 back in time.

  • Bisharat Minhas

    T3 did have its own problems, but at least the story was a bit interesting, and the conclusion was perfect! With Terminator Salvation, it was just too predictable…the story was slim, Bale’s acting was way too dry (only Worthington’s acting could cover that up, as well as Yelchin’s), and yes, the ending was crap. If Justin Lin teams up with Arnie again for T5, he better make sure that not only the script is good, but the storyline should be interesting and superb.

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  • Truth

    Justin would merely be the nail in the coffin.

  • Andy

    Give up your dreams……we never see a big budget R rated
    Studio movie again!!!
    Not even from James Cameron or Guillermo del Toro !!!

  • occhile1984

    Start from scratch…go back to basic instead of continuation after continuation. As much as i hate the words reboot or remake, it might be the smartest thing to do.

  • wth

    Not even James Cameron can save this series. 1 & 2 were great, but like all filmmakers, Cameron has lost it at this point. Have you guys seen Avatar? Sure the effects and experience were great, but the story, script, and acting were horribad. “Unobtanium”? Really?

    The story and script of T2 were outstanding, rivaling the action and effects. Sure, plot holes abounded, but the transformation of machine to man (and woman to machine) were well thought-out and excellently enacted.

    Cameron really peaked with Aliens and T2.

    • Clayton

      I was never really bothered by “unobtainium.” Engineers have thrown the term around facetiously since the 1950′s. It is a historical word, and I feel it can justifiably be used in a modern contest with the same amount of charm, especially in reference to an alien mineral.

    • Alan Stowe

      Aliens and T2 have PLENTY of shit dialogue and completely “um… no…” moments. “I know now why you cry”? Really? You’re a heat packing inanimate object, you are built to soldier, your processor is not fancy enough hardware to ever obtain that and the Terminator is NOT self aware, AI and self aware are not the same concept as Cameron’s (as usual) poor science skills depict. People just give them a pass because they grew up with them and can’t view them objectively.

      T1 and Alien are two of the best sci-fi films of all time. Both of them got sequels that were just over blown versions of the exact same plot from part 1 with just more guns and explosions, essentially the same endings, but again, done bigger, and absolutely zero real movement on actual story. Aliens is almost exactly the same film from the first one. “We shouldn’t fuck with this alien shit, we don’t understand it. Well we’re going to anyway. Oh shit, everyone is dead. Oh good we escaped. oh shit an alien followed us into a second location. Quick, open and airlock and launch that bitch into space. Ok, glad that’s over. Roll credits”. Except with Alien it was gorgeous to look at, never dragged, had brilliant dialogue and acting and everything worked to create a masterpiece. Not some video game version of a masterpiece. T2 and Aliens are so over hyped and its all because of the glory of seeing something in your youth.

  • dave

    Hey Beans, you do realize that John Connor was not in the first movie, he was not born yet.

    • Beans

      Yes, Dave, thank you for pointing that out. Connor was not technically in the first movie but his story was told in the first movie; remember Kyle saying *why* he was sent back to protect Sarah? His little story actually emphasizes my point even more – we don’t even meet Connor and we hear about him for all of three minutes, but he’s more heroic in that movie than in any of the others.

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  • WilburJHuffnagel

    OK My $0.02 > if Terminator: Salvation was coherent, it would have been a blast.
    Opening Scene > steal the plans for the T800, gunfight w/ T600s that put ‘Private Ryan’ to shame; evac/air strike to save the heroes.
    Return to base > Connor makes presentation on how T800 cannot go live; command considers intelligence.
    Marcus > wakes up, realizes all the changes, hooks up w/ Resistance
    Reese > radioman in Resistance unit.
    Build to final battle > Connor infiltrates Skynet to obtain intelligence and rescue captive humans. In one scene he loads a cartridge w/ his bare hand.
    Infiltration / escape > Connor looks out for his team, sets charges and barely escapes; pulled from rubble by Resistance; meets Reese for the 1st time.
    Final Battle > Resistance units overwhelm T800 factory; command promotes Connor, Marcus reconciles destruction of civilization, Kate gives birth, Marcus gets down w/ Blair, Reese joins Connors unit and a lone T600 goes thru the wreckage of the plant, finds a spent shell, and scans in Connor’s fingerprint.

    Now, that may not be perfect, but I think it would make a BETTER series of events than what we saw on the screen.

    Have a great day!

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  • Jason Glugla

    The first 2 Terminator films are the only real Terminator films and should be left alone. The last 2 films were thrown together garbage with no purpose other than to cash a paycheck. Terminator 2 ended the story, maybe not conclusively but that is what God gave us the gift of imagination for.

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