McG Honors ‘Terminator’ Timeline
McG showed off some footage from May’s Terminator Salvation to a gaggle of reporters then discussed the project.
“The easy thing for us is that our movie happens after the bombs go off, so it’s a totally new beginning,’ he said of the film’s relationship to the timeline of the first three in the franchise. “Every other picture has been before Judgment Day. We’re largely treating it as though the bombs have gone off, but I’m not going to share exactly what year they went off. The movie itself is set in 2018, and we try our best to honor the timeline that has already been put in place.
“If we do our job properly, this movie will be regarded as a statement of the time and the place and the where and the when and the why and the how (of the entire franchise). Some things are set in stone though – the T-800 only comes around in 2029, and we’re building towards that place.”
Having said that, he noted that his film and the weekly Sarah Connor Chronicles series on Fox will have no relationship to one another.
Calling Josh Friedman, showrunner for the series, a friend, McG added, “I had a meeting with Josh, and I told him I wanted to honor it at all times but this is this and that is that. I know about episodic television, and what it takes to generate stories hour in and hour out every week…. We just can’t keeping chasing their story threads.” In other words, the alternate timeline of the TV series will remain on its own path.