11:48am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Terminator: Genisys' Director on Trailer Spoilers: "I Had a Few Unpleasant Conversations"
When the trailers for Terminator: Genisys revealed one of the movie's big twists — that John Connor might not be exactly what people expect him to be this time around — many were unhappy that so much had been revealed ahead of the movie's release. Amongst that number, Terminator: Genisys director Alan Taylor.
Telling Uproxx that he had "a few heads up and a few unpleasant conversations" about the trailers ahead of time, Taylor admitted that he had hoped certain things would have remained a secret until audiences got to see the entire film.
"I know there was kind of a challenging calculus going on in the heads of those who market this thing to decide that this was the right thing to do," he said. "I think they felt like they had to send a strong message to a very wary audience that there was something new, that this was going to new territory. They were concerned that people were misperceiving this as kind of a reboot, and none of us wanted to reboot two perfect movies by James Cameron. I think they felt they had to do something game-changing in how the film was being perceived."
When Connor appeared in Genisys, Taylor said, "I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know. One of my favorite moments — and I think Jason Clarke did a great job with it — is when he walks into the hospital in 2017 and everything from there until the turn, you’re supposed to think, Oh man, this is great."
Later in the interview, Taylor said that he's had some surprises in making Terminator: Genisys, adding "Almost all of them [had] to do with marketing. It's been an interesting lesson in what a challenge there is in doing it right."
Terminator: Genisys opens July 1.