1:02pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Terminator Genisys' Is "Not a Sequel or Reboot," Says Star
We all knew that Arnold Schwarzenegger planned to live up to his long-ago promise to be back with an appearance in next year’s Terminator: Genisys, but according to co-star Jai Courtney, it’s possible that Skynet’s original killing machine will stick around beyond that.
Asked by fan site The Arnold Fans whether or not Schwarzenegger would appear in the two announced follow-ups to next year’s relaunch for the franchise, Courtney said that it was “hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold,” adding that “the plan is do the next [two installments] back to back in 2016.”
He also risked upsetting those who prefer their time-traveling robots with cursing by revealing “I think in this day and age, [Terminator: Genisys is] much more likely to be PG-13” than the earlier movies’ R ratings (2009’s Terminator: Salvation was also rated PG-13). “There were no f-bombs” in the movie, Courtney said, “but there'll be a healthy amount of movie violence.”
Talking to The Huffington Post, Courtney teased out what else to expect from the movie — or, perhaps, what not to expect. “We start in a place we're familiar with from the early films and then, you know, circumstances change. It somewhat shifts the course of events from that point,” he explained, vaguely.
Genisys, he went on, is “not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don't even know how you brand it correctly. We're not remaking one of the early Terminator movies. And it doesn't necessarily carry on from the point where we left off.” Perhaps it’s time to expect a J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek-style makeover for history — which wouldn’t be entirely unexpected for a franchise based entirely around the concept of time travel (It wouldn’t even be the first time; the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series did a similar thing to the mythos back in 2008).
Terminator: Genisys will open July 1, 2015. Things may never be the same again, depending on how history ends up afterwards.