Entertainment Weekly magazine has done a cover story on the upcoming “Terminator Genisys” which offers two collectible magazine covers featuring Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Jason Clarke (John Connor) and Matt Smith’s still unknown character who is a close ally of John Connor.
The big news isn’t the covers themselves though, but rather what’s inside with the feature story confirming various reports about how the film intends to shake-up the franchise. Here is the key quote and, naturally, BIG SPOILERS ahead:
“Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9.
Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator-an older T-800 she calls “Pops”-who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.”
Producer Megan 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.”
The result is the first of a proposed new trilogy that will essentially diverge from the established timeline of the previous films. Yet, certain key moments will be revisted albeit in a very different way.
The film starts out in 2029 with the war against Skynet raging. Like the first film, John sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to save his mother Sarah from the Terminator before she gives birth to John. That’s when he finds this new Sarah.