When Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises the role of the T-800 in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis, he’ll be doing so as a man of 66 years. He won’t look quite like he did back in Terminator 3, let alone T2, and definitely not the original Terminator.
But this, as he explained to MTV, will make sense as part of the film’s narrative.
The way that the character is written, it’s a machine underneath. It’s this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator’s flesh ages, just like any other human being’s flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages.
I had assumed some CG de-aging was to be required, possibly performance capture. I think it may still be necessary, as Schwarzenegger’s explanation of the plot features not only the aged T-800 but a younger version too.
Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800 and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good.
That does sound interesting. It may have been borne out of a desire to get Arnie back – there was a promise to keep – but it’s opened up a whole load of timey wimey possibilities.
I’m looking forward to this one a good deal. It’d be lovely for this to all come together and give us another Terminator film to treasure, and some post-Governor Schwarzenegger that’s strong enough to wipe away the bad taste.