We’ve known all along that the new Terminator movie would be setting out to reconstruct what we think we know about the Terminator story, going back through time and changing fixed points that we already know from previous movies… but this is something radical.
With the EW covers being released earlier (here), the magazine itself as some juicy details about the story this time out.
With Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke playing Sarah Connor, it looks like it’ll not be just the face that’s changed. According to EW Sarah “was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. [And she was] raised by Schwarzenegger’s Terminator – an older T-800 she calls ‘Pops’ – who is programmed to guard rather than to kill.”
This Sarah will be: “a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.”
Producer David Ellison adds: “Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen. But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, ‘That’s not what I want to do.’ It’s her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”
It goes on to say that at the beginning of the movie John Connor, played by Rise of the Planet of the Apes actor Jason Clarke this time out, will have Skynet on the verge of defeat in the future and, in accordance with the established story, he sends Kyle Reese – Jai Courtney – back to 1984 to stop a Terminator from killing Sarah, but when he arrives he finds that time is not what it should be.
We’re equalled excited and appalled by this. The idea of Skynet changing the plan isn’t exactly new but we hope it can be done in style. Could Arnie somehow be the Terminator from Terminator 2 again? Timey-wimey, indeed.