Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment of the Terminator series. Originally announced as a sequel to Terminator Salvation by McG to be released sometime in 2011, Halcyon Company was forced to declare bankruptcy and production was put on hiatus. The film has now been picked up by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Films and her brother David Ellison, of Skydance Productions. Paramount Pictures is set to distribute. With a runtime of 126 minutes, Terminator Genisys is the second longest film in the franchise since Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the Resistance continues the War against the Machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when Tech-Com spies reveal a new plot by Skynet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.
On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother Sarah Connor's life and ensure his own existence. However, what Kyle finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected.
After being orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has since been brought up by another Terminator Model 101 programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject. Now, aided by the reprogrammed old Terminator, Sarah and Kyle together must overcome and survive the T-1000 and an unexpected enemy sent by Skynet from the future to kill them.
- Operation Chrono is shown.
- The Assassination of Sarah Connor is mentioned but was altered due to the multiple time travels in the film.
- Daniel Dyson, son of Miles Dyson, makes an appearance.
- John Connor is seen with his trademark facial scar in the film.
- This marked the first time that the physical appearance of the Time Displacement Equipment is shown on screen.
- In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, there is only portable Time Displacement Equipment shown on screen.
- The title "Genisys" refers to Skynet's new incarnation: Genisys Program.
- Terminator 3000 is a planned 3D animated reboot of the Terminator series, which was cancelled and replaced with Terminator Genisys.
- The concept of a Terminator fighting another Terminator who is an actor using CGI to look like a younger Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys. In Salvation, Marcus Wright fights the T-RIP, who is Roland Kickinger acting as a prototype of the T-800 Terminator Model 101, and in Genisys, an older T-800 will fight the original T-800, who will be portrayed by Brett Azar, with CGI make-up.
Deleted and alternative scenes
- Classic quotes: Sarah Connor says "Come with me if you want to live." again, while the T-800 says "I'll be back." and "Get Out!". In addition, ""No fate but what we make." is said as well.
- The young Guardian with sunglass looks similar to the original T-800 in The Terminator.
- Guardian's right arm is suffering from a glitch due to the damage received during the battle with the original T-800.
- A tank lorry is featured to use as a mean to stop a Terminator.
- Skynet has a physical embodiment just like it does in Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future with Sky-1 and Times of Trouble with T-XA.
- The concept of brainwashed human by Skynet is used.
- The final battle takes place in a factory.
- The idea of Daniel Dyson as an engineer or programmer and his involvement with the creation of Skynet is featured.
- Sarah Connor snapshot is shown.
- The idea of the dog able to sense an Infiltrator is featured again.
- The Infiltrator's clothing style in the sewage is similar to the Future Terminator.
- Most of the scenes of the 1984 part are remake from the film The Terminator.
- The uniform of the Resistance is apparently based on the one as shown in the film The Terminator.
- Sarah Connor shouts "Soldier" at Kyle Reese.
- Kyle still has to battle the original T-800 even after it was incapacitated by Sarah before reactivated by T-1000.
- A shootout in the police station is featured.
- The final battle takes place in a Cyberdyne facility.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- The film begins with a voiceover narration from the point right before Judgment day happens.
- The design of the Time Displacement Equipment seems to be based on the one as seen in the sketch for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- The T-1000 poses as a police officer just like the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- A small part of T-1000's polyalloy is attached onto Sarah Connor's getaway vehicle.
- Due to lack of the lack of the knowledge of reprogrammed Terminator, Kyle is freak out and does not trust the Terminator in the first place, much like Sarah's reaction in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- The idea of a T-800's Smile is featured.
- The T-1000 impersonates one of the protagonist, pretending it is hurt, as a tactic.
- One of the reprogrammed T-800's arm gets skinned.
- The destruction of [[Cyberdyne building]|Cyberdyne Headquarter]] is featured.
- Sarah gets impaled in the shoulder.
- The T-3000 turns it face backward by shifting its mass after getting slammed onto a wall, just like the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- Sarah uses shotgun to incapacitate the antagonist before the T-800 can terminate it.
- The reprogrammed Terminator crawls, trying to reach the weapon that able to incapacitate the villain.
- Skynet sends brainwashed human back in time to ensure its own creation.
- In T2 Trilogy, Clea Bennet, an I-950 Infiltrator, began the development of the material under the name Intellimetal, a predecessor to mimetic polyalloy, ingratiate herself with the executives of Cyberdyne Systems.
Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles
- A pool of mimetic polyalloy is shown in Dark Futures.
- John Connor is sent back to the past as an agent of Skynet to help and ensure its own creation. In Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles, Casse, a T-XA, is sent back by Skynet to ensure its own creation in Hour of the Wolf.
Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines
- Instead of a super computer, Skynet is depicted as a software-based Artificial intelligence.
- A magnetic device, such as MRI, is used to disable a Terminator.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Sarah's "Come with me if you want to live" line to Kyle is similar to Cameron's line after saving John after running over Cromartie with a Dodge truck in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot episode.
- A Time Displacement Machine is built in the past.
- Sarah Connor travels through the time into the future where she ends on highway just like her counterpart does in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot episode.
- Kyle Reese' finger prints lead the police to his younger self. Similar concept is used in "The Demon Hand" in which the finger prints of members from Derek Reese's unit lead the federal agent to find their younger selves.
- Skynet use a person that the protagonist know or see before for communication.
- The T-800 takes a direct hit from grenade launcher without much damage except for its flesh burnt away.
- In the novel Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire, there is a cyborg version of John Connor, who, however, is an impostor.
- Kyle is shown to have memory from alternate timeline, much like what is shown in the 2000 film Frequency.
- Music used in the film:
- Q: Is Terminator Genisys has any connection to previous Terminator films?
- Q: Who sent Guardian back to 1973?
- A: Not revealed in the film or any official material so far.
- Q: How can the original T-800 functional with single drop of Mimetic polyalloy? Isn't its critically damaged by Sarah who shot it with .50 calibre rifle?
- A: Note that it is not specified in the film which part is damaged or destroyed. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 seems to destroy the T-800 by impaling. However, the T-800's system is able to reroute its systems to a secondary, alternate power source, thus bypassing any severed connections, damaged circuits, or internal impairment. Thus, the mimetic polyalloy may just reboot the Terminator while the system scan the body to reroute its system for reactivation.
- Q: Why is the Judgment Day delayed to 2017 from 1997.
- Q: Does Guardian able to impersonate anyone after being upgraded?
- A1: Possibly.
- A2: Unlikely, as the impersonation may require specific software.
Terminator Salvation was to introduce a new trilogy, consisting of Salvation, Terminator 5, and Terminator 6.
In statements to FilmJournal, McG revealed his plans to have the movie set in 2011, pre-Judgment Day - similar to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles revelation that Judgment Day takes place on April 21, 2011 - and to bring back the chase feel of the original trilogy. The plot had Skynet discovering how to send non-Infiltrator Terminators such as Hunter-Killers and Harvesters through the Time Displacement Equipment. John Connor goes back through time to fight the machines using present day military tactics and technology while being pursued by a new model Terminator. While in the past, he meets a 60 year-old scientist played by Robert Patrick, who is researching cell replication and was to become the template of the T-1000. McG also planned to have Sarah Connor live until 2011, which would have retconned Terminator 3's plot of her dying of leukemia. Rumors circulated that the film would take place in modern day London, despite the fact that both Terminator 3 and Terminator Salvation state that Judgment Day happened in 2004.
Justin Lin's plot included the survival of Sarah Connor, as well as a reboot to the series. However, he has since announced that he has left the project.
Hiatus and legal battles
Production of a fifth film had been halted by legal trouble pertaining to the rights to the Terminator Franchise as well as production Company Halcyon filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. In late September 2009, it was announced that the rights for the franchise were up for sale as the Halcyon Company tried to pull itself out of bankruptcy.
In late October, Halcyon announced it would auction off the rights to future Terminator material and was seeking $60–70 million, though the only offer was $10,000 by director Joss Whedon.
In December, Halcyon issued a statement that they are looking at various options including sale and refinancing of the rights with an announcement on the outcome no later than February 1 of 2010. James Cameron expressed no interest in taking back the Terminator franchise.
On February 8, 2010, an auction was held to determine the owner of the Terminator rights. After studios Sony and Lionsgate bid separately from 3 PM to 8 PM, Pacificor, the hedge fund who pushed Halycon into bankruptcy, made a deal for $29.5 million. William Wisher, Jr. has written a script for a fifth Terminator film and an outline for a sixth film.
On August 13, following the announcement of the animated movie Terminator 3000, Pacificor released a statement that they are continuing development of a live action Terminator 5 and they are seeking an injunction to block the animated spinoff film. It was reported that Pacifior was in talks with Sony and Lionsgate to handle future Terminator films.
On April 26, it was announced that Pacificor, current rights holder to the Terminator franchise, is seeking distributors for a possible Terminator sequel with Arnold Schwarzenegger signed to star in the film and Fast and Furious Justin Lin directing.
On May 12, a battle over the rights to the Terminator franchise between Lionsgate and billionaire film backer Megan Ellison and her company, Annapurna Films, ensued. While Lionsgate managed to bring up half of the $29.5 million to buy the rights to the franchise, Ellison won the rights with an undisclosed amount of money the following day.
While Lin has been in talks with Schwarzenegger and Cameron on the plot of the fifth installment, he has ultimately dropped the film in favor for Fast 6, the tentative name of the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious series, leaving Annapurna Films to produce and release both Terminator 5 and Terminator 6 before 2018, where the rights will revert to Cameron.
On January 27, Megan Ellison stated that the next Terminator movie will have an R-Rating.
On June 8, Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that after he has completed work on Unknown Soldier and Ten, filming for Terminator 5 would begin. The story will be a continuation of Terminator Salvation's, and it is unknown if Justin Lin is still directing.
On December 3, a year and half after negotiations were entered, the deal between PacificCorp and Annapurna was closed. Megan Ellison enlisted her brother David Ellison(Skydance productions) on the production process. She said they are "starting from scratch as they seek out a screenwriter to plot the end".
On June 14, 2013, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed to thearnoldfans.com reporter Andrew Hedgman that he will be back for his 4th film as the Terminator/T-800 and he said the filming will start in January 2014. Paramount Pictures is in discussions to distribute the film with Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier writing the script. The film is currently looking for a director with Justin Lin, who was originally in discussions to direct, looking to be out of contention after deciding to direct Fast and Furious 6 instead.
On June 20, 2013, it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson is being considered for the film. Further, a possible plot synopsis was released for the film: "The next chunk they have on the film is on the setting for the story. According to Examiner sources, the setting for Terminator 5 will be set before the birth of Sarah Connor and focus on her parents in the 1940s and 50s. The Examiner also reports that Schwarzenegger might not play a Terminator however could play the human hero of the film who has close connections to the Connor family however he is well antiquated with weaponry by today's standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination. These rumors however contradict Schwarzenegger's recent comments where he announced he would return as a Terminator in the next film.
The fifth installment, both a reboot and the start of a new trilogy unrelated to what has come before, is scheduled for release on July 1, 2015. On November 6, 2013, Schmoes Knows reports that actresses Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie and Tatiana Maslany are being looked at for the role of Sarah Connor & her son John is also being cast, with Boyd Holbrook and Garrett Hedlund being considered.  On November 8, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Hedlund, Tom Hardy, Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult are being tested for Kyle Reese. On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Jason Clarke had entered talks to play John Connor. On December 13, Deadline confirmed that Emilia Clarke has been cast as Sarah Connor.
On January 10, 2014, Variety reported that Boyd Holbrook, Tom Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel, Sam Reid and Jai Courtney were among the actors that would test for the role of Kyle Reese. On January 24, 2014, Variety also reported that Megan and her production company were no longer funding the film, leaving her brother’s production company, and Paramount would be the sole financiers, but would stay on board as exclutive producer for the film. On February 10, 2014, Deadline reported that both Courtney and Holbrook were the studio's top choices for Reese. Later that month, Variety announced that actor Courtney had been cast as Resse. On March 02, 2014, The Arnold Fans learn that Schwarzenegger told a fan that filming will start in the middle or in the end of April and it will be a four or four-and-a-half month long shoot in New Orleans with some of it in San Francisco and a little of it in LA but most of it will be done in New Orleans and Moviehole revealed that Genesis will be taking a similar route to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot by creating a new timeline through the use of time travel. As well as the future, the film will apparently revisit key moments from both 1984 (The Terminator) and 1991 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), along with various other periods in the life of the Connor family and will involve recasting several memorable roles, including the punk played by Bill Paxton and the police detective played by Lance Henriksen in the original and John’s foster parents from the sequel.  On March 13, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that J.K. Simmons is in talks for a role as a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie. On March 25, 2014, MTV interviewed Schwarzenegger revealed that he will played an Aged Terminator. On March 25, 2014, Borys Kit tweeted that John Boyega is tested for Miles Dyson's son, Danny. On March 28, 2014, Variety has announced that Dayo Okeniyi is cast as Danny. On March 31, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has report that Byung-hun Lee has been cast in a key role, also Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt has joined the cast. On April 03, 2014, Schwarzenegger did an interview with Nerdist that the film's timeline is set in 1984, 2017 and 2027-2029. On April 21, 2014, Skydance post a photo on their Facebook page that filming began on the film.  On April 22, 2014, bodybuilder Aaron Williamson told The Terminator Fans that he is cast in a role which may be the T-100. On May 2, 2014, Matt Smith joined the cast of the film in a major role. On July 12, 2014, actor Douglas Smith joins the cast.
Televison series tie-in
In December 2013, it was announced that a new Terminator television series is in development by Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who had worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles together, will be the writers and executive producers. The series is said to take place at "a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction.", as well as tie into the new film trilogy, eventually affecting each other's continuity. The working title for the series is called Terminator: Project Skynet.
Paramount has announced a new trilogy with two sequels release dates for May 19th, 2017 and June 29th, 2018. Production on the first sequel will begin in 2016. Schwarzeneggar will play a role in both sequels.
- Character posters
- Promotional images for Entertainment Weekly
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