Justin Lin talks TERMINATOR and implementing Schwarzenegger's Age in the Story
The last we heard Five Five director Justin Lin had to walk away from the Terminator film he was working on with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course there's the possibility he might be back to helm the project. One question I had on my mind about this new Terminator film was what are they going to do with Schwarzenegger's age? The guy is 65 years old, and as far as I recall robots don't age. He recently did an interview in which he talked about the film, and addressed this issue saying,
There is a way to do that. I don’t want to give anything away but I have a very clear idea thematically and arc-wise where we can go. Again, it’s been just great to throw that around with James and Arnold. Is time our enemy? Well, there is a ticking clock but anytime anything goes into development — with the state of filmmaking and the way films get made — you’re always fighting for more time. The biggest enemy is rushing things. I don’t think it should be rushed. Creatively, it will come when it comes. Passion is always the currency and it’s the thing that will create momentum. If that’s not there you shouldn’t do it. Obviously, there’s a lot of money involved and with that money the clock is going to keep ticking.
I would love to know what his idea is to work the age issue into the story, but it's good to know that they have one. Lin goes on to talk the direction he would like to take the story saying,
Those first two ‘Terminator’ films, we have such a strong connection to it and there’s always a desire to revisit anything that can cause us to feel like that. Being someone who really holds that sacred, I feel like there is a way of continuing that journey. Also with the time travel and canon there’s a version there that you can do right. For me, there’s still some characters and themes that were kind of promised and exhibited in those movies that we have never actually seen. Those are things that got me excited about potentially trying to crack all of that... I’m going to be hard on that film if I get a chance to make it. With that franchise, that’s what it deserves. I remember growing up and watching the first ‘Terminator’ films and they defined my youth in many ways. That’s something I want to try to seek out and recapture.
He's saying all the right things that fans of the franchise want to hear. He is really hoping things work out, and that he will be able to come back on board to do it. It all depends on when the film goes into production. The later it goes into production, the more it gets delayed the better for Lin's chance to return. What are your thoughts on what Lin had to say?