McG Gets Back to Work on the Next Installment of 'TERMINATOR'
Contributed by Michael J. Lee, Executive Editor for RadioFree.com
August 6, 2009
Promoting his latest project Human Target--a television series based on the comic book title of the same name and starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley--prolific producer McG was on hand to field questions about his busy slate of upcoming projects. We had a brief window of approximately two minutes in which we were the only outlet shoving a recorder in his face, during which time he gave us a sneak peek at Terminator 5, dropping a few new hints at what may be in store for the franchise.
Hot off the heels of Terminator Salvation, this fifth installment looks to be a marked departure from the apocalyptic, post-Judgement Day wasteland fans have come to expect, with perhaps a bit of a twist on the setup. In this interview excerpt, McG also talks about the significance of viewer feedback, implying that constructive criticism via the internet can, in some way, somehow, make its mark on the Hollywood production machine.
RadioFree.com: IMDB has several upcoming projects listed for you. Is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea the one that you're going forward with at this moment, and the one you have your hands in right now?
McG: Yeah. I mean, I'm prepping 20,000 Leagues every day, but I'm concurrently prepping Terminator 5--you know, another Terminator picture. So we're cooking that up. And then I'm very active in Spring Awakening also, the musical. So we'll see. But my focus right now is really pushing forward 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Some filmmakers like to take some time off between installments of a blockbuster franchise. Do you take that approach, or do you want to get back into the mix as soon as possible? Obviously, Terminator Salvation just came out...
It's interesting...Obviously, Michael Bay had tremendous success following Transformers in a very short window. Sometimes people like to take time off, but I'm excited about the next installation of the story in the Terminator idea. So for me, it's terribly exciting to get back out there and show a different face of that idea, and perhaps get out of the apocalyptic world into a contemporary world. And I think the audience is going to be very excited about our way in. And I haven't talked to anybody yet about that--you're the first one.
Given that the internet affords you such direct and immediate contact with fans, do you take any of their comments or criticisms to heart? Or is it just too much information to absorb?
No, I listen to everything. And you know, it's interesting, because when you're me, a lot of people don't like me, but a lot of people just don't like my name. And I can't take that too seriously, because that's been my name my whole life. It's not something that I prescribed myself. So I just gotta roll forward and hopefully have the films do the talking. And you take your lumps if they don't like it, and you enjoy it a lot more when they do. And we've all been on every side of that, and what can you do but figure out what you did right and what you did wrong, look at it a little more closely, study the people that you look up to, and continue to evolve as a storyteller?