Following the magazine covers and photos released earlier today, Entertainment Weekly has shed even more light on the highly-anticipated Terminator Genisys, offering new details about the mysterious villain and the complex story itself.
Our report from earlier today revealed that the villain will be a "man/machine hybrid" who will be depicted through the same cutting-edge technology that is helping the filmmakers re-create the iconic scene from 1984's The Terminator, where Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 arrives from the future at L.A.'s Griffith Observatory. The effects team has created what they are calling a synthetic thespian, a.k.a. "synthespian," using a body double and combining scans of Arnold Schwarzenegger's face from the original film and his modern-day face to create a completely CGI of the Terminator, circa 1984.
Producer David Ellison, who obtained the rights to the franchise in 2013, explains this revolutionary visual effects process.
"It's the holy grail of visual effects. You create a walking, breathing human that doesn't exist. There are elements in our main villain that are straining the capacities of our brilliant visual-effects people. So that's a good sign."
"Skynet no longer has to break down our front door because we line up in front of Apple stores to invite it in. We're constantly giving away our privacy."
I knew eventually that another Terminator was going to get made. People always have to go through that painful experience of doing a sequel, or something like that, without me."
Yesterday's report revealed that Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor was actually raised by the T-800, whom she calls Pops, after another Terminator killed her parents when she was just nine years old. The actress had this to say about Sarah's unusual childhood.
"Oh, she's just a normal girl growing up in a world with a Terminator for a dad. What was her first date like? Did he kill many of the dates she brought home?"
David Ellison further explains this new version of the character:
"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen. 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."
Jai Courtney, who plays Sarah's protector Kyle Reese (and eventual father to Jason Clarke's John Connor), revealed that this role was the first time a character he played has fallen in love on screen.
"I had never fallen in love on screen before. It was interesting to do that, especially when you've got a backdrop of the future and the past and all this other s---: endoskeleton, robots."
Apparently, there will be enough nods to the past films in this new reboot of sorts that people will feel satisfied. What do you think about these new Terminator Genisys details? Chime in with your thoughts below.