Now I know what many of you are thinking, "Why the #$%! do we need a Terminator remake?!" or "Remakes suck!"... But when you hear me out on this, you'll (probably) be agreeing with me by the end of this article.
The current franchise has become WAY too convoluted and cheesy!
First off, I will say I am a big fan of what James Cameron did with The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day. They are very entertaining Sci-Fi/Horror action films, they are not as cerebral or brilliant as people say, in my opinion. But still great entertainment, nevertheless.
But as soon as Terminator: Rise of the Machines was released, that's when it all went downhill. I mean really, that one scene when Arnie goes looking for clothes in a gay bar... That entire film was basically a satire of the franchise's concept and totally lost sight of the chilling horror element.
Now I might be a little biased by saying this, but I'm just gonna leave Terminator: Salvation out of this arguement, because I, for one, do not consider the film canon to the franchise, it is too drastically different in tone and design from the other movies, and also I kind of enjoy it, even though it is mediocre.
Now I will talk about last month's Terminator Genisys, which I have not yet seen, but I don't have to for the points I am about to make. All of the characters, aside from Arnie as the T-800, where terribly miscast. What were they thinking when they cast Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese?!? The quality of the visual effects was like they got someone who animated cinematics for a PS3 game to work on the movie, just check out this clip!
And also from what I have heard, it completely erases everything we love from the original two films from further continuity! Something I find unnecessary and basically it's just Hollywood spitting in the face of fans. And also this just makes the films way to confusing to follow now!
Let's bring back the HORROR element!
I want to see horror come back in a remake. Let's be real here, nothing's more terrifying than a highly intelligent, robotic killing machine sent from the future trying to murder you. The simplicity of this only makes it more terrifying. That's why I would want a director like Alex Garland (Ex Machina) or James Wan (Insidious, Furious 7, or the very underrated Death Sentence) and a script by someone like Leigh Whannell (who has worked very closely with James Wan), or again Alex Garland (the guy wrote Dredd, 28 Days Later, AND Ex Machina for god's sake!) You get these guys to breathe new life into the Terminator films, you've got artistic Horror gold!
And what would any good horror movie be without...
This is something that is lacking in many movies like this today, But then every once in awhile I see a film like Insidious or Mad Max: Fury Road, where they use a ton of practical effects as well as blending it beautifully with some CGI (only used to enhance the film, not make it). Besides, I'm not scared of anything that I can see is obviously animated.
Also we need...
An awesome new T-800!
We need an awesome badass cyborg, and I'm sure Arnold doesn't want to do it forever. So why not Dwayne Johnson?
Who better to take on the role? He may be a little too campy at times, but let me tell you, if you have seen Faster or Fast Five, you'll know he is an awesome charismatic guy with some serious acting chops when given the right script and direction!
Any way, these are my thoughts on the idea of a Terminator remake. I know people love the first two. Believe me, I do too. But they are very outdated in my opinion and newer generations will not understand our love for them unless they are given a more up-to-date version of the classic... and none of the recent sequels have done it justice... AT ALL!