James Cameron Gives 'Terminator Genisys' the Thumbs Up

'Terminator: Genisys'
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"I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated," the 'Terminator' franchise creator says.

Attention, Terminator fans who haven't been convinced by any movie in the franchise since James Cameron left with 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The director hasn't just given his seal of approval to this summer's Terminator Genisys, he's revealed that he considers it the official third movie in the series.

"I feel like the franchise has been reinvigorated, like this is a renaissance," Cameron told Yahoo! Movies when talking about Alan Taylor's reboot of the sci-fi series. "The new film, which I think of as the third film [in the series], you see [Arnold Schwarzenegger] take the character even further."

"The idea of taking John Connor and flipping him to the bad guy, it's kinda cool, because you got to riff against expectations. It's all about the twists," Cameron added, approving of Genisys' biggest departure from established continuity, turning the heroic Connor into the movie's ultimate bad guy.

"I had no idea what to expect sitting down, I had no involvement in making this film," Cameron said, describing himself instead as a "fanboy" this time around. And he apparently means it; "if you like the Terminator films, you're gonna love this movie," he said in summary. Pretty high praise, coming from the man who created the entire shebang in the first place.

Terminator Genisys opens July 1. Watch Cameron's comments, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, below.