The Terminator Genisys Director Isn’t Happy With All the Spoilers Either, Internet
Come with me if you want to be disappointed.
In case you were hoping all the pre-release Terminator Genisys spoilers contained in the movie’s marketing were part of a purposeful plan, prepare to be horribly disappointed—by this news. As a seasoned Terminator fan, I’m sure you’ve already prepared yourself to be horribly disappointed by another sequel. That’s just prudent.
Spoilers ahead, by the way, but I’m not sure how much anyone cares anymore given the very nature of this entire situation.
When we first wrote about the big twist in Genisys, we weren’t confident that it was going to be the big twist of the movie based solely on the fact that it was revealed in a trailer. Surely, movie trailers hadn’t gotten to the point of spoiling everything about a movie before you set foot in the theater yet, right? Right? Wrong, apparently.
Uproxx’s Mike Ryan told Director Alan Taylor that he would’ve preferred not to have John Connor’s turn to the
dark side machines spoiled, and distressingly, Taylor agreed, saying,
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.”
So that doesn’t exactly instill me with confidence that this was all for the best. He also apparently voiced concerns in the process and was overruled—and is willing to openly say so before the movie is even in theaters, so take from that what you will:
I had a few heads ups and a few unpleasant conversations where I squawked about this or that [laughs].
But he kept it civil, mentioning that the marketing side of things had to do something to convince audiences that this wasn’t their parents’ Terminator movie being rehashed—that there was new ground to cover. I’ve always been a big proponent of the idea that if a movie hinges on a surprise reveal hitting with the audience, then it must not be a very good movie, but I’ll also have a pretty hard time faulting audiences for being disappointed that the early reveal wasn’t setting up something larger in the long run.
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