Looks like the massive cone of silence around Terminator: Genisys is about to be terminated. Entertainment Weekly (EW) magazine is breaking a first look at the film in their new issue that hits shelves on Friday. It comes with two collectors edition covers, the first featuring Emelia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese).
The article will of course have plenty more to say and arguably more pictures but some information was released about the story, and about the kind of Sarah Connor we can expect: See this and more after the break (since the information contains mild spoilers).
On Sarah Connor Producer David Ellison had this to say:
“Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen,” says Ellison. “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.”
It seems like Sarah Connor is very much a “No fate but that which we make for ourselves…” kind of person in this new trilogy.
But what causes her to be this way, here’s at least somewhat of a synopsis and reason for the difference in Sarah:
The beginning of Terminator: Genisys, the first of three planned films that Paramount hopes will relaunch the beloved sci-fi franchise, is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator programmed to kill her so that she won’t ever give birth to John. But what Reese finds on the other side is nothing like he expected.
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.
So it looks like we’re seeing a reset with a much more proactive Sarah Connor, which I really really like. In this version of events she was orphaned at the age of 9 and raised and protected by a Terminator.
This also explains why rumors have pegged this film as much more action centric than previous Terminator films, its closest relative T2,
We also have to remember that this is Paramount/Skydances new take, a new trilogy that they have a great deal of faith in. In my previous post James Cameron himself thinks that they may have got it right this time as the draft of the script he read worked.
In closing her’s the other collectible cover featuring
Matt Smith (Unkown Ally of John Connor) and Jason Clarke (John Connor):
So pick up copies for yourself and Friday and have a read, I’ll post a review of the article and some of it’s juciest morsels in just a few short days.
I’m very excited!
There’s a little more information at the following like and more mild spoilers.EW’s Genisys Cover Art story reveal!
Until next time,