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McG Talks Terminator Salvation

Published July 22, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Official Blog
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins

I was reading through the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly and was happy to hear about the gritty approach McG was approaching to Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. I believe the analogy was Children of Men meets Transformers. I like it.

The director has popped up on the film's official blog to discuss the film a bit more.


Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins


We are half way through filming. Our teaser is in theaters and playing before The Dark Knight.

You will see that this is a movie inspired by the first films, but is a true new beginning in that it takes place in the future.

All three Terminator films took place present day, with Terminators traveling back in time to attack. This picture takes place after Judgment Day. It happened. Everything is gone. The story of the movie is the "brink moment" Reese always talked about.

From a technical perspective, we have set out to achieve a completely new visual style that hasn't been seen before. We're shooting the film on color stock but are using a method inspired by the Oz process which was developed at Technicolor by Mike Zacharia and Bob Olson. Basically we are adding three times as much silver. It creates a surreal texture that is in keeping with the notion of the entire picture - feeling detached from the world we know today.



Every morning and every night Christian and I work on the story. Sam's contribution has been excellent. We are committed to putting the story and character first and then supplementing that with action and visual effects. It is our intention to make a film on a large scale with the nuance and subtext of a high quality independent picture.

The richness of the story is really coming out now. It's a Prometheus tale really, how creating life creates real responsibility - and if left unchecked, can be our undoing.

The entire crew takes the making of this film very seriously. I made a point of hiring key personnel that are passionate about getting this right. Everyone is well versed in the mythology.

Comicon is this weekend. I look forward to sharing the film with the passionate.


Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens to theaters on May 22nd, 2009.

For more movie info, go to the Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Movie Page.


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