“Prior to Terminator Salvation, I worked on all three Pirates movies. Those worlds and characters were from a different time and place and had to be completely fabricated. This film plays in an altered but plausible version of our world. We’re primarily concerned with bringing the Terminator elements home, to make you believe this reality could be just around the corner. It’s a very different sort of challenge.
McG’s take is to weave science fiction and horror elements into a state-of-the-art action film: The camera always moves, the imagery is raw and kinetic, the pace is insane. The creative challenge for me will be to bury the effects into the photography but to still protect our big visual moments.
Before Terminator 2: Judgment Day, visual effects films were frequently driven by technology — you worked with what you had. With The Abyss and especially with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, James Cameron showed us that concept rules: When the director has a compelling new vision, the technology will follow. Cameron opened that gate for other filmmakers who in turn have pushed the visual effects industry in new directions.
We’ve been waiting to see this world for years — it’s only been glimpsed and hinted at in the previous Terminator movies. We’re able to revisit the elements that have been established, but we’re going to be adding a whole lot more.”
Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jadagrace and Helena Bonham Carter, opens in theaters on May 22, 2009.