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Terminator Salvation Production Start Announcement + Concept Art and Synopsis

Warner Bros. has officially announced that production has begun for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.  The film, which stars Sam Worthington and Christian Bale, began principal photography on May 5th in Alburquerque, New Mexico.  Director McG also discussed the film in a new blog and released the first concept art from the film.  Details after the jump.

You can check out the press release here, but the more interesting information came from McG who posted the following on

“Like you guys, I’ve been a long-time fan of the series and I understand your passion for the Terminator movies — and it’s my full intention to deliver a film that lives up to the previous three installments. I’ve spent time with James Cameron, spoken to Arnold Schwarzenegger, gone over the story with Jonah Nolan, and enlisted Stan Winston,” wrote McG. “Everything we’re shooting is designed to be tactile and real, you’ll be seeing a whole set of inspired designs you’ve never seen before, and best of all you’ll finally get to see some of the post-judgment day future that was only hinted at in the previous movies.”

Concept art was also released from the film.  Check it out below.

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And here’s the new synopsis:

In the highly anticipated new installment of “The Terminator” film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Read the full press release here.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins hits theaters on May 22, 2009.