In this day and age, its hard not to be skeptical of any reboot or remake. And it's not only fans that feel this way, but also the actors that appear in such cinematic undertakings. The Terminator franchise has quite a legacy, and newly cast Jai Courtney reveals that he was highly skeptical of Terminator: Genesis, where he will appear as Kyle Reese, father of John Connor.
The story will apparently jump through the timeline of the original four-part saga, working like 2009's Star Trek in setting up a new series of events. This will not be a direct continuation of what's come before it, but instead serves as a true reboot of the material. As the timeline shifts, the narrative will be free from its past complications in a way we haven't seen before. Events from 1984's The Terminator and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be revisited, and the three main characters of Kyle Reese, John Conner, and John's mom Sarah will be present.
Jai Courtney recently spoke with IGN about his role in the movie, and revealed that it was a hard choice to make. Of course he is going to approach this material cautiously, as it is beloved by far too many people. And he already experienced what a reboot can and cannot do with last year's less than well received A Good Day to Die Hard.
"I've always had a bit of skepticism about something being rebooted. I remember A Good Day to Die Hard came around a few years ago, I was like, 'Really? They're gonna make another one?' and then I found myself in it and totally invested in it. I think it's healthy to have that [skepticism] because you want it to be something [special], you want to keep that eye for quality sharp."
The actor declined from commenting on the actual script itself.
"There's not a lot I can tell you about in that sense to be honest. But when I read this, I was pretty into it and the story's cool."
He then went onto praise his cast mates.
"It's attached a great cast as well. I think Emilia Clarke's wonderful and she's got a lot of support and stuff behind her. And Jason Clarke as well I'm a big admirer of so, yeah, it's gonna be really cool, man. I'm looking forward to doing that, and running around with Arnie won't be too bad."