Wired asked Damon Lindelof (Lost) and director Paul W.S. Anderson (nothing you’d want to watch) for their ideas on how to reboot the Terminator franchise and keep it going. Oddly, Anderson takes the exercise seriously, while Lindelof does not.
Buckle up. Here comes the gold.
Humans in dystopian future learn that a Terminator traveled back in time and impregnated a woman, resulting in a half-cybernetic child that will grow up to be humankind’s DESTROYER! But due to technological ineptitude, we can’t lock down the mother’s identity (and thus the kid’s), narrowing their whereabouts to a school in a pleasant coastal town.
And so our story begins as a gruff, futuristic badass with great comedic chops (we’re screwed if the Rock says no) representing the hopes of all humanity travels back to 2012 to identify the half-Terminator 5-year-old by substituting as a kindergarten teacher. And then, after a series of comedic misunderstandings? Kill the little bastard.
Pretty sure we can get a PG-13 as long as no one smokes and when the kid gets shot in the face we do it in a classy way.
Pretend every movie after Terminator 2 didn’t exist and then make it a historical sci-fi epic. Send a Terminator back to kill Sarah Conors’ great-great-great-great-grandfather back in Scotland or Germany or where ever her ancestral history originates. Of course, the Terminator would fail and the original timeline wouldn’t be altered.