Stop reading right now if you are scared of spoilers because, frankly, there’s not much else in this entire post. This whole news item exists, pretty much, to give away plot details from Terminator: Salvation. If you’re anything like me you’re chomping at the bit to get past this warning and on to the dirt.
Editor’s Note: Potential spoiler after the jump. You have been warned.
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Last week I received an e-mail about a new website called SkynetResearch.com. Anyone who has seen the Terminator films knows that Skynet is an artificial intelligence computer system that, in the future, will be responsible for killing most of the human race. Apparently the company exists and is currently beta testing a new robotic enhancement module called the Model 101. The site allows you to request a module to help with their research.
I put in a request last week, not expecting them to actually send me the module. But today as I was leaving to grab food, I found a package addressed to me from SkyNet Research. Followers on Twitter said it might be a trap, and warned me not to open it, but I decided to do so anyways. What is in the box? You can watch my live video unboxing after the jump.
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International distributor Sony Pictures has provided ScreenWeek with four new Terminator Salvation production photos featuring Moon Bloodgood and Common. Meanwhile, WiReD has a fantastic making of feature that includes a bunch of cool conept art from the film, including a look at Skynet, the Terminator factory, and two of the new Terminators: the hydrabot and the Moto-Terminator.
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One thing you have to admit about McG is that he has hired all the right people and has been saying all the right things. When it comes to the score for Terminator Salvation, it is no different. Danny Elfman has confirmed to MTV that he will be composing the music for McG’s Terminator film.
Elman says that the classic Terminator theme song by composer Brad Fiedel has not been included in the film yet, but admits that “if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [use it]”. I’m guessing that if for some reason they couldn’t find a use for it in the actual film itself (and I think they will) it would be included as the closing credits song.
Danny Elfman has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and has scored such films as the Tim Burton movies, the Spider-Man films, Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Mission: Impossible, Batman, and Army of Darkness. Elfman has always been hit or miss for me, but I have a feeling that Terminator will be a good fit for him.
The Los Angeles Times caught up with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who admitted that he is puzzled and still not yet sold on Terminator Salvation after he was given a private screening of the comic con sizzle reel by the producers:
“I’ve seen very little footage so I don’t really have a feel for it. I hope they do well, and I hope it is a huge hit. I do hope it creates a spectacle on the screen. That is what James Cameron created,” Arnold said. “I still don’t know how it will play out with this one. They showed me some footage, but I don’t have a feel for the movie. I didn’t see enough. I wasn’t sure who the Terminator was. I don’t know if there is one or if he’s the star or the hero. These are the things that determine the success and how the strong the movie will be.”
I can understand Arnold’s hesitation, as the battle-lines have not yet really been drawn in the early completed footage from the film. I am surprised that he didn’t come out of the screening with a good impression. I mean, at face value, it looks much better than Terminator 3, but, oh wait… Arnold was involved in that one. But for me, the bigger question is… why did producers travel to Sacramento to screen early footage to the Govenator? Are they still trying to convince Arnold to film a cameo? Or were they hoping to get Arnold to film an endorsement for Comic Con? I seriously doubt they went to have for his opinion… they were definitely looking for some kind of public endorsement.
Warner Bros released the first high resolution photo of Christian Bale as John Connor (seen above). Meanwhile, io9 took a closer look at the kick ass Terminator Salvation teaser trailer and spotted what is believed to be a a T-600.
In an earlier blog posting, the filmmaker explained that the T-600 is a “bigger, grimier, nastier version that preceded the T-800….they’re easier to spot but they pack a mini gun and carry kick ass fire power. They’re eight-foot tall killers that prowl the badlands looking for anything with a heartbeat to terminate.”
And apparently Roland Kickinger, an Austrian native who actually played a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2005 biopic See Arnold Run, has been cast to play a younger version of Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character.
“It’s Arnold’s character in the first Terminator. That’s basically my role, but 20 years before, so it establishes how the Terminator [came] about,” Kickinger told the Clinton News Record, continuing with the slight spoiler: “There’s a very strong scene in the film where John Connor for the first time meets the Terminator, and he doesn’t know if he’s a good guy or a bad guy.”