Category: Sci-Fi


…long before Jurassic World! 

I remember walking out of the theater after seeing Jurassic Park III my mind practically on fire with where I as a fan and screenwriter would take the JP Franchise.

From my perspective I personally felt that the best option was, not surprisingly exactly what we’re getting, a soft reboot. There were certain things that I had enjoyed from the novels which had never made their way into any of the films, so I relished a re-read of the two novels. Once that was behind me I was faced with the problem of where to take the story, I wanted it to continue and I really felt that there was still at least one story which needed to be told.

A working theme park a fulfillment of John Parker Hammond’s dreams.

However I’m faced with a number of problems:

The greed assisted failure of the first film and The Ingen Incident in San Diego in the second and the events of JP III the third. How could a theme park come into existence through Ingen with such issues in the past? The answer to that problem was a simple in that it couldn’t, and that the books gave me something that the films largely avoided…another company that could: Biosyn!

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Hey folks Ross here with another article on Terminator: Genesis (T:G)! 

There’s been an awful lot of scuttlebutt and discussion about T:G as recently there have been photographs from two scenes being filmed for T:G which have appeared online.

Firstly there was a scene I believe will be revealed to be at a children’s hospital which caused a stir because it showed Arnold as the long term Terminator, Kyle Reese, Sarah Connor and the actor hired to play an older John Connor all in the same scene.

Daily Mail Article

The second behind the scenes pictures showed the Kyle and Sarah stunt doubles in the back of a vehicle that looks like it could be doubling for a truck like the S.W.A.T. from T2. They’re shooting a scene where they shoot out of the back of the van at at least one Police cruiser.

Comic Book Movie.coms Article

T:G which is shooting in New Orleans (Jurassic World is also shooting there now after a successful shoot in the Hawaiian islands) is also drawing intrigue by the lack of information about the plot and the time periods. There have been hints that the soft reboot will be re-telling events from T1 but differently.

After looking at some articles from last month I think we can put together a general idea of if nothing else the through-line of events in Terminator: Genesis!

Consider yourself warned! Article could potentially spoil some plot elements!

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Hello all!

My three favorite movie franchises are Terminator, James Bond and Jurassic Park!

All three have films hitting the big screen next year but tonight I am going to devote some time to discussion on the latest film in the Jurassic Park film universe titled Jurassic World (JW)!

Jurassic World Logo

Universal Pictures has been quite eager to revisit the Jurassic universe and so they should be the original JP has all by itself (including the 3-D re-release) grossed $1,029,153,882, The Lost World: Jurassic Park grossed $618,638,999 and Jurassic Park 3 added $ 368,780,809.

One could argue that as the quality of the stories declined that the total gross declined accordingly, however I can say that I have been waiting along with many others for a revisit to the franchise. And as is often the case the film has gone through a long developmental process.

There was a script by John Sayles which had human dinosaur hybrids that toted machine guns somewhere along the way. However things picked up speed when the writers of Rise of The Planet of the Apes wrote a draft which featured a working park full of visitors where nothing could possibly go wrong…right.

I believe Ian Malcolm once commented: “Yes but when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down the pirates don’t start to eat the guests.”

I just know I’m going to get into spoiler territory because a lot of information hit the web over the last couple of days so if you want to remain spoiler free please remain on this side of the break. And before I move onto the next page let me simply state that JW is a soft reboot of the series that takes place 22 years after the incidents of the original Jurassic Park. In a working theme park. And is being directed by Colin Trevorrow with Steven Spielberg producing and a fantastic cast including Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, and music by Michael Giacchino. It comes out of extinction June of 2015.

If you want to be spoiled then come through the gates into Jurassic World!

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When Justin Lin was circling Terminator 5 he spoke about some of the ideas he had for the film and this script was born. All told I spent the better part of year in research, writing and the polishing Rebirth into the script I am releasing today. Hopefully it’ll help tide fans over until the increasingly awesome sounding Terminator: Genesis hits next July!

I hope you enjoy reading this script as much as I did writing it!

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All the best!

Ross

The Terminator (soundtrack)

The Terminator (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Variety has scoops on both stories you can check out their original stories by checking out the following links.

Alan Taylor to Direct!: Alan Taylor To Direct Terminator 5

Reef Entertainment to make new Videogames!: Reef Entertainment to make new Videogames!

So it’s a huge day for fans of the Terminator franchise after a long quite spell two bits of Terminator news hit at the same time and I’ve got to say I’m really quite stoked by the news.

And the Director is…

Terminator has always attracted big name directors for instance I distinctly remember a time when Ridley Scott was said to be in the mix for directing duties on Terminator 3.

 

Rightt now it looks like Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) has come out on top at the end of the selection process and is in final negotiations to take the directors chair for 2015′s Terminator.

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Hello all!

I’m very excited to bring today’s Terminator 5 update to you because it’s an official press release concerning the future of the  Terminator franchise. Without any further ado here’s the Official Press Release. (Note the phrasing of the line starting “The first in a stand alone Trilogy” because right after that is the films working title).

Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted “TERMINATOR” movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, “TERMINATOR” will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna

A Series 800 terminator, a robot-only version ...

A Series 800 terminator, a robot-only version of the cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are attached to write the screenplay.

Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, “TERMINATOR” spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount, “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.

Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award®-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Master” and executive produced “Spring Breakers” via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for release later this year.

The main thing that has me totally excited is the phrase “The first in a stand alone trilogy TERMINATOR…”.

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So the other day I decided to walk around town a little bit more than usual and anyone who knows me is fully aware that I walk around town a LOT. However yesterday was a little bit different in that I ended up at the local Salvation Army Store- the one in Redlands California is more like a Antiques repository but on the right it still has DVD’s, Video/PC Games, Comic Books and Collectables…and Music CD’s. I actually went in to look at the DVD’s as they are priced to move and often have a good selection of films that I’ve wanted to see and have never been able to.

Aeon Flux caught my eye right away, it had a strong chance of being picked because it ticked all the right boxes for the kind of film I wanted to experience. However in the end I found myself kneeling in front of the CD rack and looking very carefully at the titles for anything I might like. It turns out there ended being two items that grabbed my attention…well to be honest 3, but when I opened the first one I found the dreaded stolen/missing disc staring at me. So I handed it to one of the workers to get it out of circulation.

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Justin Lin has directed every movie in the Fast and Furious series since he came on board for Tokyo Drift and arguably with each film he has crafted a greater and more powerful and robust piece of entertainment. Fast 5 was the first in the series I took the time to see in theaters since Rob Cohen’s The Fast and the Furious. And as a film it blended high octane car racing with the heist film for absolutely nutty amounts of fun, the ending chase is action heaven.

Now Justin is putting the finishing touches on Fast 6 which will be by all indications even more fun and spectacular than Fast 5. Universal wants to get going right now on Fast 7 and that’s forced Justin Lin to drop out of the directing gig ostensibly because he doesn’t want to be in Post Production on one film while being in Pre-Production on the next simultaneously. I can’t fault him for that, and though it’s a shame that we won’t get to see him complete his planned Fast and Furious arc we will get to see Fast 7 coming down the pipe very very soon as Universal Pictures is apparently talking to Director James Wan to fill the directors chair.

This leads to my question: this move once again opens up the possibility of Lin signing on as director of the long gestating Terminator 5. Will rights owner Megan Ellison seek him out? The script is currently being written and Justin Lin has shown interest in directing the 5th film in the past.

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The Terminator (soundtrack)

The Terminator (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s with a somewhat heavy heart that I write this official Terminator 5 news update as it means that I’ll no longer have to defend Ferris and Brancato on another Terminator script. Seriously though this news both excites me and bums me out since I spent a good deal of last year working on securing this very project.

However I’m also happy since that means Laeta Kalogridis  (Avatar/Shutter Island/Alexander) and Patrick Lussier (Wes Craven’s Dracula/My Bloody Valentine/Drive Angry (Writer and Director) are going to be the ones to receive any blow back from the fans if the film under performs.

It’s and interesting duo that’s for certain however I know that Terminator rights holder Megan Ellison isn’t into making stupid decisions. She is after all behind such awesome films as Zero Dark Thirty and The Master and is very serious about making great use of the Terminator name.

This is someone I fully trust to know what they’re doing.

Apparently the Laeta/Lussier was combo writing a SF original for David Ellisons’ Skydance Productions and was so impressed with it that he landed them the Terminator job.

More news as it breaks.

Ross Out.

There are a total of 7 people on the writing staff of Terminator: The Connor Chronicles (T:TCC) I think that’s a grand number, it’s also the number of perfection so I suggest we leave well enough alone on that point. However how does writing work with a seven person team, or to be more specific how does re-writing work?

Screenplay

Screenplay (Photo credit: Matt-Richards)

Let me share with you a few things that I took into my first re-write so that you can understand how the process works.

First of all while the latest update at the main page Terminator: The Connor Chronicles says that I’m the 2nd writer on the series, (and I do truly feel humbled by that), I am in fact the most recent hire. I’m coming into a project where we have first drafts written for 90 percent of the episodes, in other words other writers have poured their time, energy, effort, and writing skills into these scripts. Which leads to my first rule of rewriting especially of other peoples work.

Treat the draft with respect.

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