McG Speaks A Lot About Terminator

Charlie’s Angels director McG recently spoke with both iF Magazine and The213.Net at the Warner Bros. Home Video 85th Anniversary celebration about the fourth installment in the “Terminator” franchise and revealed some interesting new stuff.

First off, it’s current status – “[We’re] prepping the picture right now. The script is largely done, whether or not we’re able to prep off of it, obviously we want to continue to work on it, punch it up and we’re hoping for an expedient finish to the writer’s strike. But I’ve got my fingers crossed that in a week or two it will be over.”

As for tone – “It’s very much in keeping what the studio has done with Batman. We’re respectful of the first pictures in creating a new language, while honoring the mythology, and I felt it would be a great time to play upon some of the [Isaac] Asimov ideas, some of the Phillip K. Dick ideas. It felt like a good time to tell a story about humanity and what it means to make us all human.”

McG confirmed Christian Bale will indeed play the heroic John Connor, and hinted that Josh Brolin might be in the running to play the film’s Terminator – “It’s a decidedly masculine role and we live in a time, where a lot of actors are very effeminate and there’s a masculine component to the role and there are guys out there like Russell Crowe and Eric Bana who bring a good physicality and do what they do, but I don’t know if they’re exactly right at the end of the day. Josh Brolin is a very exciting actor, so we’ll see.”

The action is set in 2019, post-Judgment Day, but conceded that “there are indeed some timeline issues” with respect to the continuity established by both the film and recent TV series – “We’re going to what we can to respect the mythology” he says.

Finally, what about appearance by the T-800 (Arnie) or the liquid metal T-1000 from “Terminator 2” – “There will be a suggestion of the liquid metal development and a suggestion of the T-800 development. It’s going to be a tip of the hat. We’re undecided if there’s going to be an actual appearance.”