Terminator Genisys script

After a trailer and Super Bowl spot, it’s pretty fair to say fans are lukewarm on Alan Taylor‘s Terminator Genisys. We’re intrigued by the casting and some of the ideas teased in these spots, but the ultimate execution is a huge question mark. Well, Thursday, two pieces of news broke which are both on the encouraging side.

First up, Paramount and IMAX have announced that Genisys will be released in IMAX when it hits theaters on July 1. That’s not a guarantee of quality, but it’s good news for fans of the franchise who want to see the new film in the biggest format possible.

Second, an Arnold Schwarzenegger fansite posted two Terminator Genisys script reviews, both of which are positive. They’re spoiler free too, so no worries there, and you can read excerpts below.

Dealing with the IMAX news first, Taylor didn’t shoot the film in IMAX so the film will go through a digital remastering for the format. Which is what happens for 90% of movies released in IMAX. Pretty much, it just makes the frame bigger and sound a little more pronounced. Here’s what Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, said about it:

This film marks IMAX’s first foray into the Terminator franchise and we’re thrilled to be a part of it and team up once again with Alan Taylor and our friends at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. We believe it’s going to be a gangbusters summer at the movies next year, and Terminator Genisys is sure to be one of the season’s most anticipated movies for IMAX fans worldwide.

And here’s the quote from producer David Ellison.

We are so proud of the world we have built in Terminator Genisys and are thrilled that audiences will be able to experience the film in IMAX and IMAX 3D. The IMAX experience is the most immersive film experience in the world, and I am thrilled that fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will be able to experience the film in this premium format.

So that’s cool. But it all kind of hinges on if the movie is good or not. And according to two Terminator Genisys script reviews on The Arnold Fans, it very well might be. Head there for more details from each review, but here are the highlights:

I think the best way to describe Terminator Genisys is three action packed movies in one. First of all, we finally get to see the Future Wars. Where John Connor, Kyle Reese and resistance take on Skynet. This is something that Terminator fans have wanted to see since James Cameron gave them a preview of it in the first film. So I don’t think fans will be disappointed with this portion of the movie at all!

For me personally, since I loved the first two Terminator movies so much, I’m not sure it will beat the classics but we shall see. If you go into this movie with a open mind and willing to accept some changes, this should be an action-packed thrill ride that rivals any recent summer blockbuster. Because this script gave Alan Taylor and the cast with a lot of really good material to work with here. With a script like this, it’s not surprising that Skydance signed Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a two-year first look deal with the company.

And a second review:

This also plays out like no other Terminator film yet in the fact it’s not set in one time period from start to finish with a single villain to deal with! No the threat is greater here with two well known model terminators and a couple of other types spread throughout the movie – which has 3 major time zones. Safe to say the movie will look unique all the way through, keeping it fresh and exciting.

I cannot express enough how the atmosphere I felt in the script wasn’t present in the 2 minutes of footage that we’ve been shown! I think they have tackled it wrongly by aiming mostly at the new crowd with the trailer and Super Bowl spot, making it look as if it’s a big bright Marvel type movie but it definitely didn’t read like that. I’d say maybe 1 or 2 moments of action might be a bit over-the-top for the hardcore fans wanting a Terminator movie to be made like it’s the 80’s but we’ve already seen them in the bus flip and Terminator dive bomb from the chopper.

Now, it’s important to note just for the sake of objectivity, we don’t know the authority of these authors. They’re just known as “Greg” and “Jay” on the site. And while their last names could be “Kael” and “Ebert,” most likely they aren’t, so take the opinions with a grain of salt. In fact, “Jay” even says “I’ve never read a script before.” Still, it’s nice to hear some positive things about the script. It gives us hope. And both reviews have more details if you head to the site.

Terminator Genisys stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. It opens July 1.

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