Director McG was joined by the cast (except for Bale who was in Japan promoting The Dark Knight) of Terminator Salvation at the panel for the film. Here are some highlights courtesy ComingSoon.net:
- McG mentioned the film is only 50% complete and that no CGI has been added.
- He told the audience that he has listened to the fans and even went to see James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger before making the movie.
- Contrary to early reports, they aren’t targeting a PG-13 rating. McG said that they’re just going to make the movie they want to make, and if the final rating is R or PG-13, they are okay with whatever.
- The movie takes place in the near future-2018.
- Hinted at the T-100 model being a part of the mythology of Terminator (Arnold cameo?).
- He announced that a full trailer will be attached to this November’s Quantum of Solace.
- McG also revealed that Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) was “the lead writer of the film” adding “I don’t know how the WGA rules work but honest to goodness, we did the heaviest lifting with Jonah.”
- A new poster from the film has been released (pictured right–click to enlarge).
Here’s a summary of the footage that was screened (via /Film):
The footage opens with a descending overhead shot of John Connor (Christian Bale), barely emerging from the scene of a helicopter crash. “Are there any survivors?” a cackling radio voice asks? “One,” Bale says quietly, then again, shouting, for emphasis. He walks off into the distance, as we begin to hear Bale’s dialogue in the film.
The rest of the trailer takes place in various places in 2018, when Earth has become a bombed out, post-apocalyptic hellscape after the rise of Skynet. Amongst other scenes, we see a face to face confrontation between Connor and Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), in which Bale threateningly declares, “If I let you down, you’ll kill everyone in this room,” and then later, “You tried killing my mother. You killed my father. You will not kill me.”
A young Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) delivers the “Come with me if you want to live” line and we see several obscured shots of T-600s, hideous combinations of metal and rubbery flesh. A topless (but covered by her hands) Blair Williams, played by Moon Bloodgood, shares a poignant look with Wright. At one point in the trailer, Connor and Reese share a meaningful exchange. Various action shots, full of shooting, running, and massive explosions are concluded by a shot of Bale screaming at the close sight of a metal cyborg hand.