New TERMINATOR to Explain Why the T-800 Looks Like Arnolrd

Written by Andrew Pollard Saturday, 12 August 2017

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When it comes to the Terminator franchise, have you ever asked yourself just why the famed T-800 looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger? No? Us neither. Regardless, it looks as if we’re going to find out the answer to that question when Jim Cameron regains control of the property.

By this point, you’ll likely be well aware that the rights for the Terminator franchise are getting set to return to series creator Cameron, and the current loose  plan is for him to develop a new trilogy of films. Now, speaking to TheArnoldFans during a Q&A session, the legendary director has explained that we’re going to get an origin of sorts as to just why the T-800 looks like Das Arnold.

As Cameron put it, “You’ve got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype. There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from – that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from… and that presumably was a real person at some point. Now, the question is, ‘Did that person have some sort of meaning to Skynet on why these chose that one?’ Or was it like a whole rack of Terminators and the one that happened to be the Arnold model just happened to be closest to the door going out to the time displacement centre and all the others looked different? I’ve asked myself these questions but it’s never been resolved. So stay tuned! We’re talking pretty seriously now about doing some new Terminator films or possibly a trilogy and you’ll just have to see what surfaces in those.”

After that, of course, we’re sure future films will look at why the T-1000 looks like Robert Patrick, why the T-X looks like Kirstanna Loken, why the T-5000 looks like the Eleventh Doctor, and just really what was all of that bollocks with Sam Worthington…

We jest, but stranger things have happened.

Also, there was a scene filmed for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines that basically covered all of what Cameron discussed there. That sequence would ultimately be cut from the movie, though.

At present, as per Schwarzenegger, the plan is to get to work on the next Terminator movie in March 2018, with the rights officially returning to Cameron in 2019. While the current plan has Deadpool’s Tim Miller to direct the next entry in the franchise, it’ll be James Cameron who’ll be pulling the strings and “godfathering” the series going forward.

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