Ever since “Terminator Salvation” was announced, and before any footage was even shown at Comic-Con, fans of the first three movies have been scrambling over themselves to find the right comparisons for the project. Director McG has even joined in the game himself, with recent statements along the lines of “T4” is like “Batman Begins” or James Cameron’s “Aliens.”
Those are good projects to emulate, and to fans they signal an adult approach to the material perhaps lacking in “Terminator 3.” But fans are fans. If they asked, what did McG tell the ACTORS the project would be like?
Would you believe he told them to hit “The Road”?“I gave all the actors ‘The Road’ to read to get their heads right bout this sort of existential detachment that living in a post apocalyptic world would bring,” McG revealed. “We’re in a very large post apocalyptic environment. The bombs have gone off and there’s very little left. People are wandering through lonely landscapes. We want to capture that by way of David Lean photographic expanses, so you think you’re looking at ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ So far, so good.”
Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” follows a father and son journeying together through an ash covered landscape, some years after a worldwide disaster killed nearly every living thing on the planet. It’s bleak, haunting, and despite what may be construed as a somewhat happy ending, endlessly heartbreaking. It’s also, of course, some kind of brilliant, a treatise on fear, and despair, and death, and a future from which there is no escape.
McG thinks John Connor could sympathize. Actually, he’s insisting on it.
“I think the first two pictures took those ideas so seriously,” McG said of the themes of inescapable destiny and dread. “We wanted to make sure we did that [as well].”
Coincidentally, perhaps, given McG is making “Terminator” a spiritual adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Road” is getting a real translation this year. Starring Viggo Mortensen, the film opens in November.
Source: Terminator Files