As you should all know by now last week Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed Terminator 5 is moving ahead to Metro Magazine. This is one of three film projects he has on the go including another Conan movie and a sequel to Twins ( seriously???? )
I for one am excited for a Terminator 5 if only to finally get a Terminator movie that can hold a candle to the original Terminator movie. Apparently James Cameron is involved in some way in guiding the story and has even met with potential director Justin Lin ( Fast & The Furious ) to help with the overall direction.
The Terminator franchise has seen its high moments and its lows bringing in almost $520 million at the box office across all the films. The latest kick at the can was 2009’s Terminator Salvation starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington and had our favorite man killer Arnold in a cameo.
How big will Arnold’s role be in Terminator 5? Hard to say but as an opinionated blogger I figured I would sit down and list 9 ways that I think Hollywood can make Terminator 5 the best movie in the franchise so far.
Get Rid of Christian Bale and Arnold in Terminator 5
Sam Worthington turned in a solid performance in Terminator Salvation but Christian Bale was doing his Batman voice throughout and it was frankly really annoying. I want to see Bale gone and more so I want Arnold gone.
As much as I loved his easter egg cameo in Terminator Salvation its time to take this movie in a different much darker direction without him. We don’t need any big names to make Terminator 5 work and frankly they are just a distraction.
To be clear I think a cameo with Arnold would be great but I do not want him to be the focus of this new film.
Bring Back Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton is one of the original female bad asses and was a strong role model for women long before the days of big tits and flashy teeth were the criteria for a lead role in a movie. Linda Hamilton is beautiful, tough and rugged and when you looked at her you knew she really would and could kick your ass.
Reader Anthony Maurizio thinks she should have a part in the film and I completely agree if you want to give credibility to Terminator 5 bring back its original female bad ass.
What made her such a great character is the way she transformed from pretty, demure waitress to ass kicking Terminator killer. Linda Hamilton needs to be tied into the script for Terminator 5.
Focus on the War in Terminator 5
Following up on my get rid of Arnold comes the story I think most fans want to see. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines saw John Conner played by Nick Stahl holed up in an underground bunker as primitive all be it deadly machines nuked the world outside.
I want to see Terminator 5 placed 10 years after those events as John exits the bunker to take the fight to the machines. I know R-Rated is asking too much but I want to see a war on an epic scale. I visualize something along the lines of Frank Millers 300 but with the Human Resistance taking on machines.
Bring Back Nick Stahl OR Edward Furlong as John Conner
Terminator 3 had its weak points but one of the highlights for me was Nick Stahl. Nick did a solid job as John Conner and if the 5th film is placed as the war starts he is also the right age to reprise that role. If for whatever reason he is not chosen I would put Adrien Brody in as a close second choice.
Brody shocked me with his performance as an ass kicking mercenary in PREDATORS and could pull off a pretty good Conner. Dont just cast a guy with pecks and a stupid pearly smile. Get an actor who can do just that… act like Brody or Stahl. On that note if they cast Channing Tatum as John Conner my head will explode.
A few commentors have pointed out what a great job Edward Furlong did and I really overlooked his performance as John Conner. David Brunelle one of our readers pointed to Furlongs performance in American History X so I change my opinion. Either Edward Furlong or Nick Stahl would be great.
Get Neill Blomkamp & Christopher McQuarrie to Write it
Choosing the writer isn’t easy and originally I was thinking James Gunn for his work on Dawn of the Dead and Slither but in the end I decided that Neill Blomkamp and Christopher McQuarrie would be a great writing team for Terminator 5.
Neill of course brought us the sci-fi blood bath with a message movie District 9. Neil clearly knows how to deliver an action packed but thinking mans sci-fi movie. Michael McQuarrie on the other hand has the ability to build a story that will not only draw us in but twist, turn and blow your brain out of the back of your seat.
We are all sick of a genre full of lame twists and plots full of holes which is why Michael McQuarrie is key. He wrote two of the greatest thrillers of all time, The Usual Suspects and the Way of the Gun. Mix that writing skill into Terminator and you have a master piece.
Terminator 5 has already chosen its writers so my dream team of writers is not overly relevant but I still wanted to share it. It is worth noting that one of the writers on Terminator 5 is definitely no slouch. Laeta Kalogridis wrote two movies I hated, Alexander and Night Watch but she also wrote two movies that if you mixed them together could make an awesome terminator.
Laeta Kalogridis wrote AVATAR and Shutter Island. Avatar was a large space opera and Shutter Island was one of the best thrillers of all time. If she can manage to combine those into an epic war between man and the machines we will have a winner.
Let Zack Snyder Direct It
Although the producers seem to be fixated on Justin Lin right now he is not my first choice or even second choice to direct it. For me its all about Zack Snyder. Zack Snyder is a bad ass and his films are exactly what the doctor ordered.
His remake of Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror remakes ever made. Do we even need to talk about how awesome the adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 was? Zack Snyder is one of my favorite directors and his visual style would fit perfectly into Terminator 5
Cast Sarah Polley As John Conners Love
Claire Danes did a pretty solid job playing Kate Brewster John Conner’s love and future wife but I have different ideas for the lead. Cast Canadian actress Sarah Polley to play Kate Brewster in Terminator 5.
Now I am a Canuck so I might be a bit biased but Sarah Polley is incredibly overlooked and is an immensely talented actress. She turned in a command performance in SLICE and Dawn of the Dead and has done films that run the gambit.
Also Sarah Polley is a very stunning woman but in a more classical girl next door way which is a big part of her appeal. Sarah Polley would bring serious acting chops to the role of Kate Brewster.
Get Michael Bay to Produce It
I am pretty sure everyone just spit whatever they were drinking onto their monitor and are now shouting expletives at me. Michael Bay is not the most popular but frankly if you are going to make a big budget sci-fi horror movie about killer machines who better to produce it then Michael Bay?
I think his style combined with all the above team members would make a Terminator movie with huge scope doable and … well… explosive! Nobody blows stuff up better than Bay.
Get Kaleb Lechowski & Greg Nicotero to Do Special FX.
Who the hell is Kaleb Lechowski you ask? You are not alone I am sure. He is a 22-year-old film student who created a CGI rendered short film called R’HA on his own time with NO money and nobody else helping.
I have raved about many indie filmmakers but this kid has blown my mind with what he has done. Michael Bay spent hundreds of millions making Transformers and Kaleb Lechowski used a single computer and readily available 3D software with no money and has matched him. Imagine the visual insanity he would turn in with some money behind him. [ WATCH THE SHORT FILM RHA ]
As far as Greg Nicotero goes that one is a no brainer. You can’t just have a bunch of splashy CGI to make a good movie.You need outstanding practical FX as well and Greg Nicotero has proven with The Walking Dead that few can do better.
Are you a Terminator fan? Tell me how you would make Terminator 5 the best film in the franchise.