Motion posters are often fairly dull affairs. Not this one, the new ‘living one-sheet’ for “Terminator Genisys” will literally shoot you in the face as it shows an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger getting his skinned flamed off and turning his rifle’s attention towards you. Yes you, right there, reading this.
The poster comes as numerous set visit reports have hit the Net in the past few hours that clear up some details about the film’s plot and what we might expect. Naturally this means some SPOILERS AHEAD so you’ve been warned.
As indicated this is the first film of a new and completely standalone trilogy. The producers have broken down the story for the three films prior to production, which allows for foreshadowing and details that are only possible in a longer story unfolding over a trilogy.
Like the Abrams “Trek” reboot, this follows a divergent timeline that goes off in a very different direction, so everything is up for grabs. However, all the references and elements within the film tie back to James Cameron’s first two movies and essentially ignore all the events of “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “Terminator Salvation”.
The hope is to shoot the second and third films back-to-back across nine months. This first film was shot over 90 first unit days and will take place in multiple time periods with 1984, 1995, and 2029 being the big ones.
There are also three different versions of the time displacement machines built from technology of the time, they will appear in the years 1984, 2017 and 2029. Said machines are powered by EM fields which is apparently a key plot point.
Talking about his role in the saga this time out, Arnold Schwarzenegger says: “The story has changed, so I am like a combination of the characters who you have seen in the past. He is a powerful and potentially evil kind of machine that can be very destructive if I see that a there is danger from me or for the victory against the machines. I can switch over to being the protector of Sarah Connor. It depends where we are in this storyline.”