“Terminator Salvation” – May 2009 Release
“Terminator Salvation” is set in post-apocalyptic 2018, where John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row.
Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
The highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, “Terminator Salvation” is directed by McG (“Charlie Angels,” “We Are Marshall”). The screenplay is by Michael Ferris & John Brancato. Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek and Jeffrey Silver are the producers, with Jeanne Allgood, Dan Lin, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna and Joel B. Michaels serving as executive producers.
Wishing to avoid comparisons with the Transformers franchise, McG has stated ‘Transformers is an excellent movie, but our film is not about big robots. I wanted it to have lots of hardware and velocity, but I didn’st want to hang the whole movie on it.’
Visual Effects for the movie were undertaken by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), with Asylum fx and Rising Sun Pictures bringing their skills to various sequences.
And in addition to the brilliant CG work generated for ?‚àö√ë‚àö‚â§Terminator Salvation’s, McG contracted Stan Winston studios to create real life models of some of the terminator characters that the human cast could interact with.
Stan Winston, the special effects pioneer who designed the original Terminator endoskeleton, worked on Terminator Salvation prior to his death in June this year. McG intends to dedicate the moive to Winston memory.
The film stars Christian Bale as John Connor (“The Dark Knight”), Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright (“The Great Raid”), Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese (“Star Trek”), Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor (“Spider-Man 3”), Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams (“What Just Happened?”), Common as Barnes, (“Wanted”), Jane Alexander as Virginia (“The Unborn”), Jadagrace as Star and Helena Bonham Carter as Serena Kogen (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
“Terminator Salvation” will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2009 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Sony Pictures Releasing International is distributing the film in most international territories between May 2009 and June 2009.
Screenplay:Michael Ferris & John Brancato
Producers: Moritz Borman, Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek and Jeffrey Silver
Executive producers: Jeanne Allgood, Dan Lin, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna and Joel B. Michaels
Cinematographer: Shane Hurlbut
Production designer: Martin Laing
Editor: Conrad Buff
Costume designer: Michael Wilkinson
Visual effects supervisor: Charlie Gibson
Animatronics supervisor: John Rosengrant
SOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
Industrial Light & Magic: www.ilm.com
Rising Sun Pictures: www.rsp.com.au
Asylum fx: www.asylumfx.com